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Friday, 27 May 2016
A Vauxhall European Championships warm-up Friendly Match


England 2 Australia 1 [1-0]
 

The Stadium of Light, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear
Attendance: 46,595;
Kick-off: 7.45pm BST
Live on ITV HD (UK) - Commentator: Clive Tyldesley and Glenn Hoddle

England - Marcus Rashford (seven-yard side-footed volley 3 2:18), Wayne Rooney (eighteen yard strike from a Sterling pass 55 54:51)
Australia - Eric Dier (diving headed own goal through Forster's legs from a Degenek cross 75 74:41)
Match Summary
England Squad
Australia Squad
Results 2015-2020 Australia - Aaron Mooy (38 37:09)

England kicked-off. 93 minutes (45:10 & 48:17).

 

Match Summary

Officials from Netherlands

England

Type

Australia

Referee (sky blue) - Danny Desmond Makkelie
  ? (28 January 1983), Dordrecht, FIFA-listed 2011.

Assistant Referees - Bas van Dongen and Hessel Steegstra

Fourth official - Kevin Blom

12 Goal Attempts 14
4 Attempts on Target 2
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
5 Corner Kicks Won 7
Offside Calls Against
12 Fouls Conceded 11
45% Possession 55%

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (5 May 2016) 10th
EFO ranking Group 4
ELO rating 9th
Colours: The Nike 2016 away uniform - Red v-necked jerseys with crimson sleeves with royal blue collared trim/side stripe, red shorts with royal blue side trim, blue socks.
Capt: Chris Smalling, first captaincy
Wayne Rooney, 73rd min.
Manager: Roy Hodgson, 68 (8 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
51st match, W 31 - D 13 - L 7 - F 104 - A 40.
England Lineup
1 Forster, Fraser G., off 87th min. 28 17 March 1988 G Southampton FC 6 7 GA
2 Clyne, Nathaniel E. 25 5 April 1991 RB Liverpool FC 12 0
3 Bertrand, Ryan D. 26 5 August 1989 LB Southampton FC 8 0
4 Henderson, Jordan B. 25 17 June 1990 RM Liverpool FC 25 0
5 Smalling, Christopher L., off 73rd min. 26 22 November 1989 CD Manchester United FC 24 0
6 Stones, John 21 28 May 1994 CD Everton FC 10 0
7 Wilshere, Jack A.G., off 46th min. 22 1 January 1994 DM Arsenal FC 30 2
8 Drinkwater, Daniel N. 26 5 March 1990 LM Leicester City FC 3 0
9 Rashford, Marcus, off 63rd min. 18 31 October 1997 RF Manchester United FC 1 1
10 Sterling, Raheem S., off 76th min. 21 8 December 1994
born in Jamaica
LF Manchester City FC 22 2
11 Lallana, Adam D., off 46th min. 28 10 May 1988 AM Liverpool FC 22 0
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Australia 0
14 Milner, James P., on 46th min. for Wilshere 30 4 January 1986 RM Liverpool FC 59 1
19 Rooney, Wayne M., on 46th min. for Lallana 30 24 October 1985 F Manchester United FC 110 52
scoreline: England 2 Australia 0
22 Barkley, Ross, on 63rd min. (62:23) for Rashford 22 5 December 1993 AM Everton FC 22 2
15 Dier, Eric J.E., on 73rd min. (72:10) for Smalling 22 15 January 1994 CD Tottenham Hotspur FC 6 1
scoreline: England 2 Australia 1
17 Townsend, Andros D., on 76th min. (75.30) for Sterling 24 16 July 1991 M Newcastle United FC 11 3
13 Heaton, Thomas D., on 87th min. (86:52) for Forster 30 15 April 1986 G Burnley FC 1 0 GA
result: England 2 Australia 1

unused substitutes:

12-Kyle Walker, 18-Harry Kane, 20-Delle Alli, 21-Danny Rose, 23-Joe Hart.

team notes:

Scoring 138 seconds into his debut, Marcus Rashford becomes the youngest player to score on his England debut, aged 18 years, 209 days, as well as breaking the previous record of 22 first team appearances before appearing for the National side, having only appeared in eighteen.
Chris Smalling became the sixth different captain used in 2015-16, a new record. He is also the ninth used by Hodgson, equalling the record set by Ron Greenwood.
Wayne Rooney extends his record tally of goals.
 
4-4(1-2-1)-2
then
4-3-3
Forster (Heaton) -
Clyne, Smalling
(Dier), Stones, Bertrand -
Wilshere
(Milner) -
Henderson, Drinkwater -
Lallana
(Rooney) -
Rashford
(Barkley), Sterling (Townsend).
notes: reverted to a 4-3-3 formation for the second half.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24.2 Appearances/Goals 14.8 0.4

 

Australia Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (5 May 2016) 50th
EFO ranking n/a
ELO rating 37th
Colours: Made by Nike - Yellow v-necked jerseys with Wave Rock-inspired shadow diagonal stripes and green collared trim/side stripe, yellow shorts, dark green socks.
Capt: Mile Jedinak Manager: Angelos Postecoglou, 50 (27 August 1965 in Athens), appointed 23 October 2013.
30th match, W 15 - D 4 - L 11 - F x - A x.
Australia Lineup
1 Ryan, Mathew D. 24 8 April 1992 G Valencia CF SAD, Spain 24 0
14 Smith, Bradley S. 22 9 April 1994 LB Liverpool FC, England 7 0
15 Jedinak, Michael J. 31 3 August 1984 DM Crystal Palace FC, England 63 12
21 Luongo, Massimo C., off 57th min. 23 25 September 1992 LM Queen's Park Rangers FC, England 20 4
5 Milligan, Mark D. 30 4 August 1985 CD Baniyas SC, United Arab Emirates 47 5
6 Risdon, Joshua, off 73rd min. 23 27 July 1992 RB Perth Glory FC 3 0
13 Mooy Aaron F., off 84th min. 25 15 September 1990 RM Melbourne City FC, Australia 14 5
Mooy cautioned in the 38th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul on the sprinting Bertrand near the halfway line.
8 Wright, Bailey C. 23 28 July 1992 CD Preston North End FC, England 11 1
23 Rogic, Tomas P., off 73rd min. 23 16 December 1992 AM The Celtic FC, Scotland 16 5
10 Kruse, Robbie T., off 84th min. 27 5 October 1988 LF Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Germany 41 4
24 Maclaren, Jamie, off 58th min. 22 29 July 1993 RF Brisbane Roar FC 1 0
Australia Substitutes
scoreline: England 2 Australia 0
11 Ikonomidis, Christopher, on 57th min. (56:54) for Luongo 21 4 May 1995 AM US Salernitana 1919 Srl, Italy, on loan from SS Lazio SpA, Italy 4 0
17 McKay, Matthew G., on 58th min. (57:03) for Maclaren 33 11 January 1983 CM Brisbane Roar FC 59 2
9 Juric, Tomislav, on 73rd min. (72:45) for Rogic 24 22 July 1991 F SV Roda Juliana Combinatie Kerkrade, Netherlands 16 2
20 Degenek, Milas, on 73rd min. (72:56) for Risdon 22 28 April 1994
born in Croatia
RB TSV München von 1860, Germany 1 0
scoreline: England 2 Australia 1
19 Goodwin, Craig A., on 84th min. (83.00) for Kruse 24 16 December 1991 M Sparta Rotterdam, Netherlands 3 0
25 Irvine, Jackson A., on 84th min. (83.13) for Mooy 23 7 March 1993 M Ross County FC, Scotland 3 0
result: England 2 Australia 1

unused substitutes:

2-Aziz Behich, 7-Stefan Mauk, 12-Mark Birighitti, 18-Adam Federici, 22-Alexander Wilkinson.
 
4-4(1-2-1)-2
then 4-3-3
Ryan -
Risdon
(Degenek), Wright, Milligan, Smith -
Jedinak -
Mooy
(Irvine), Luongo (Ikonomidis) -
Rogic
(Juric) -
Maclaren
(McKay), Kruse (Goodwin).
notes: reverted to 4-3-3 formation after 57 minutes

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24.8 Appearances/Goals 22.5 3.3

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

After just two minutes of this match it was almost a disaster for Fraser Forster in the England goal.  His clearance was charged down by an Australian forward and the ball could easily have ended up in the back of the net.  Luckily for the keeper the ball fell kindly for him to pick it up.  Then, ironically, from Forster's eventual clearance, England scored.

Raheem Sterling received possession on the left from 18-year-old debutant Marcus Rashford, and his centre flipped up off the back of Bailey Wright and dropped invitingly for the new boy to lash the ball past Matthew Ryan, in goal for the Aussies.  Rashford unbelievable last few months took yet another remarkable turn as he became the youngest England player to score on his debut.  The lively start continued and two minutes later Ryan Bertrand made a terrific block to deny Robbie Kruse an equaliser.  England then struggled to clear the corner and it had been a mixed up, nervous sort of start to the match.

On seven minutes Kruse shot over after more good play by Australia and England were taking a while to settle into the match.  On 14 minutes though a swift breakaway gave them a chance of a second goal.  Sterling was sent away with a long pass and his pass found Rashford again.  This time though the Manchester United youngster's control let him down and the ball ran through for a goal-kick.  Australia looked a strong and accomplished side, well-organised and very determined in what was a big match for them.  Tomas Rogic shot wide after a swift break and at the back Australia's defenders had recovered from their difficult start.  Bertrand made another good interception as Australia threatened again and the visitors were certainly seeing plenty of the ball.  Having said all that, despite their large chunks of possession Australia rarely threatened Forster's goal.

Just on the half hour mark some clever passing saw Rashford set up Lallana but the keeper was quickly down to make the save.  Two England corners in quick succession were cleared but then Bertrand did well to set up Jordan Henderson from another corner and the Liverpool player's excellent effort brought the best out of Ryan as he managed to tip the shot over the bar.  In the last five minutes of the half there were signs that England were gaining momentum and they ended the half on top.

After the break Roy Hodgson brought on Wayne Rooney and played him as an out and out centre-forward.  The skipper was soon scampering on to a long ball over the top, but this time his control let him down.  England made a bright start to the half and put pressure on the Australian back line, but with Preston North End's Wright having a very steady game, the defence coped well.  Then, at the other end, Kruse was caught just offside as he threatened to break clear of the England defenders.  Aaron Mooy was doing some excellent work for the Australians in midfield, and in one attack Rogic again shot over from a good position.  But a minute later, a fine break by England gave them a second goal.

Ten minutes of the second half had elapsed when from deep inside their own half the ball was cleared towards Rashford.  His clever dummy allowed the ball to run through to Sterling who sprinted away down the left.  The winger looked up and spotted the unmarked Rooney in the inside-right position.  The pass was perfect, Rooney's first touch was perfect, and the finishing shot gave Ryan no chance as it flew into the right hand top corner.  It was a very well taken goal for Rooney's 52nd international strike, and his first after coming on as a substitute.

Two minutes later and Sterling was sprinting clear down the left again but this time he ran the ball out under challenge from a defender.  At the back for England the welcome sight of John Stones looking much more assured after his recent stuttering form  was very good news for Hodgson.  Stones played well alongside the ever-reliable Chris Smalling, and Nathaniel Clyne, too, was in fine form at right-back.  On the hour England so nearly scored again as a good move ended with Rashford driving the ball across goal.  Unfortunately Rooney couldn't quite make the decisive touch as he was challenged by a defender.  That was almost Rashford's last contribution as he left the field to a huge round of applause to be replaced by Ross Barkley.

A number of substitutions, by both sides, were carried out by the managers but chances continued to fall at both ends.  Rooney pulled the ball back and eventually Clyne hit a screamer just over the crossbar, whilst at the other end substitute Christopher Ikonomidis headed wide.  That was Australia's problem as, although their approach play was good, their finishing was poor.  Forster hardly had a save to make, but then on 75 minutes, came a lifeline for the Australians.  After a good England attack, some intricate close passing gave James Milner a chance but his low shot just curled wide.  Immediately, Hodgson replaced Smalling with Eric Dier and with his first touch the Tottenham defender opened up the game.  Mooy fed Milas Degenek out wide on the right, and he put in a tantalising cross.  Instead of using his feet Dier decided to stoop low to head the ball clear.  Unfortunately he actually only succeeded in glancing a header past his own goalkeeper.  It was a 'fine' goal, but at the wrong end!

Australia sensed a chance to gain an unlikely draw, but to be fair to England, and to Dier, they quickly regained their composure and they saw the game out quite comfortably.  In fact, it was England who looked the more likely to score.  A lively cameo by substitute Andros Townsend set up a couple of chances and Rooney was almost in for another goal.  A late debut for substitute Tom Heaton in goal for England just managed to give him a short feel of international football, but he was untroubled in those remaining minutes and England won the match with no further alarms.

It was a good game though, and all credit to a spirited Australia team, but now England move on to their final warm-up match before the real action starts for them on June 11th in Marseille.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
TheFA.com
RateTheRef.com
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor

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