Southgate’s understudies steal the show
England take on Wales at the famous Wembley stadium, Southgate has been hit with a number of coronavirus led issues such as a surprise party for Tammy Abraham leaving Chillwell and Sancho out of the playing squad tonight . Tonight we see a clearly inexperienced international side in which Calvert-lewin and Saka have the chance to steal the show. on the other side Ryan Gigg’s Wales side are without the world class talent of Bale and Aaron Ramsey. if anything this international friendly will allow for the futures of each country to showcase their young talent.
STARTING LINE UPS:
England 3 – Wales 0
A minute silence observed by both teams for the fallen players of the past year
- We are underway, Wales kick us off playing from left to right
Good to see Grealish starting for England for the first time after a bright Debut.Embed from Getty Images
4. Mixed possesion so far , both teams yet to have a clear chance
5. Wales corner after a promising attack, this will definitely encourage Ryan Giggs, however the corner is poorly used.
7. Trippier and ings link up well to earn England a corner from the far side.
9. Wales are trying to keep the possession away from England, trying to boss the tempo of the game
10. Saka is looking a bit nervous tonight but thats understandable considering it being such a big night for him, hoping he brings some of his premier league form into the game tonight.
12. a piercing ball from Gomez stretches the Wales defence but Calvert-lewin can’t get hold of the ball
13. Calwin- lewin is unlucky there with no support for him in the box the chance fiddles out.Embed from Getty Images
15. Wales looking a clear threat to the English defence and seem to have settled into the game slightly better.
17. England are still struggling to get hold of possession , calwin-lewin is isolated so far.
20. wales have won a free kick around 30 yards out a real chance for wales to punish englands sloppy start.
21. Moore has a chance but squirts it wide, the first real chance of evening
22. Wales are dominating the midfield play here , England need to play with a bit more passion .
24. Moore is looking a real live wire for Wales tonight
26. Goalllllll !!! bright spark down the right from Grealish, brilliant play fabulous feet puts the ball on a plate for Calvert-Lewin and he makes no mistake and England are one up.Embed from Getty Images
28. England seem to have come alive after that, Calvert lewin is on cloud 9 right now, can’t stop scoring.
30. Nick pope makes a swift save and disturbutes with real purpose
31. Quick stopage while a lose shoelace is tied
34. Calvert-lewin is looking a real aerial threat, the wales defence looking shaky with him around.
35. Wales have had a number of chances the end product has just been missing.
38. Coady had a chance to put England up 2-0, but his effort travels over the bar
39. Substitution unplanned here for Wales, as Nico Williams comes on for Keith Moore, wales will have to reshuffle here after losing their main offensive threat of the night to injury.
40. Phillips tries to assert himself but gives away a foul in the middle of the park.
42. first booking of the night goes to Roberts for a dodgy challenge on Saka.Embed from Getty Images
43. England unlucky there the midfield is really gelling , just the pass is overhit by phillips to grealish
45+1 Harry winks has been existant in the middle of the park, playing a brilliant holding role in which has shieled the england defense.
Thats half time with the score 1-0 to England, it was a half full of Grealish displaying his clear talent, honestly he has run the English attack throughout the night and provided Calvert-lewin with the dream debut goal. Wales have had some chances but have really lacked the finished product if anything their missing the finishing touch of a Calvert-lewin. apart from the goal the game has been fairly even with mixed possession, i am excited to see if Saka will release some of his brilliance that we have seen so recently for Arsenal in the second half.
Calvert-lewin is so far keeping his title as the most prolific striker in europe so far this season.
Danny Gabbidon said ‘Wales spiritedd and confident’ hopefully they can continue this mindset and give England a proper game in the second half and steal the victory.
94 years for the first time that no fans at wembley
46. Back underway with England kicking off, no changes for england but 2 for wales
47. Lee Dixon ‘wales were the better team on the ball’ in the first half
49. t.Roberts uses his strength there and reminds Coady that he is still here and a threat by just pulling his shot wide.
53. Coadyyyy , 2-0 what a finish, beautiful delivery from trippier and coady is there to half volley the ball into the net, a real strikers finish, Coady ‘s first goal since 2018 in the championship
55. Wales try to get straight back at England but the offside call cancels the opportunity.
57. Ampadu has earned himself a yellow card for a foul on Grealish he has been fouled countless times tonight
58. England substitutions here 3 on 3 off, and Coady has taken over as England captain.
61. Levitt gets a yellow card for a lunge on winks, that signifies a round of fouls from the wales midfield, begs the question are England really stretching their defense
63. Ingsssss 3-0 what a finish overhead kick another worldclass goal from englandthere
65. Mings with a cheeky little nutmeg on levitt hes playing with such confidence since Villa’s win against Liverpool on sunday.
66.England are really taking control here , Wales are at real risk of the game escaping their grasp if they don’t get a goal back here.
70. what a save from Hennessey, diving to his left, denies Saka of a debut england goal.
71. James puts in a great challenge to stop the wales attack gaining momentum, he’s been solid tonight been a real thorn for wales on their left hand side.
75. a bit of fatigue has krept into the play here leading to both teams wasting good chances in the past few minutes.
76. Barnes and Maitland-niles have come on to provide England with even more attacking options.Barnes with an England debut after an impressive start to the new season.
80. T. roberts still battling away in the england half this time against mings fighting for the ball.
81. Barnes has shown off a little flicker of skill and won a free kick outside the area.
83. Ings has made a real nonsense of himself tonight, really has challenged Wales and managed to grab himself a goal of the top class.
85. M-N tidies up at the back for England and then displays his attacking promise but neco williams is up to the challenge and puts M-N off the chance.
88. this game is coming to a quiet end here, England really have taken the sting out of the Wales attack, Pope has done himself proud and put in a solid shift for england , giving southgate a real question of who will be the England number one come the summer.
90+1.England still pushing for a 4th goal here, even late into stoppage time.
90+2. and FULL TIME: Hennessey makes another top save but thats full time, the experimental England have taken the victory here with goals from C-L , coady and then Ings. but overall this is has been useful for Southgate and has allowed him to see the young talent that he has at his fingertips coming into Euro 2021.