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FINAL MEETING vs. WALES
  Thursday, 8 October 2020
A BT International Friendly match


England 3 Wales 0 [1-0]
 

The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Kick-off (BST): 8.00pm
Attendance: behind closed doors

94 minutes 47:00 & 47:05 Jonny Williams kicked off
after 'taking the knee'
Match Summary
England Squad
Wales Squad
[1-0] Dominic Calvert-Lewin header 26 25:00
 headed in from 4 yards into centre of the goal from a Grealish cross
  
[2-0] Conor Coady 53 52:48
 half-volley from 6 yards from an inswinging Trippier 32-yard free-kick
[3-0] Danny Ings overhead kick 63 62:09
 
kicked in from 6 yards as Mings headed back a Phillips corner


[2-0] Ethan Ampadu strike hits post: offside 54:24
  Conor Roberts 42 41:41
  Ethan Ampadu 57 56:35
Dylan Levitt
61 60:52
Commentator: Sam Matterface with Lee Dixon and Chris Coleman

Match Summary

Officials from Scotland England

Type

Wales
Referee (black) - Robert Madden
41 (25 October 1978), East Kilbride, FIFA-listed 2010.
 
Assistant Referees - Douglas Ross
MP, 37 (27 January 1983), Aberdeen (leader of the Scotland Conservative Party, MP for Moray), and Francis Connor, 38 (30 December 1981)
Fourth official - John
William Beaton, 38 (9 January 1982), Motherwell, FIFA-listed 2012
8 Goal Attempts 7
6 Attempts on Target 2
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
6 Corner Kicks Won 3
  Offside Calls Against  
14 Fouls Conceded 16
57% Possession 43%

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (17th Sept 2020) 4th
EFO ranking Group One
ELO rating =9th to 10th
Colours: The Nike 2020 home uniform - White crew-necked jerseys with navy blue collar and side trim, navy blue shorts with pale blue side stripe, white socks.
Capt: Kieran Trippier
(first captaincy)
Joe Gomez 57:05
Conor Coady 57.30
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 50 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
44th match, W 26 - D 10 - L 8 - F 91 - A 33.
123rd known captain
England Lineup
1 Pope, Nicholas D. 28
177 days
14 April 1992 G Burnley FC 3 GA final app
2017-20
2 Trippier, Kieran J., off 58th min. 30
19 days
19 September 1990 RWB Club Atlético de Madrid, Spain 22       1
1253 3 Saka, Bukayo A.T.M., off 76th min. 19
33 days
5 September 2001 LWB Arsenal FC 1 0 only app
2020
the 65th teenager to represent England the 65th Arsenal player to represent England
4 Gomez, Joseph D., off 58th min. 23
138 days
23 May 1997 RD Liverpool FC 11 0 final app
2017-20
5 Coady, Conor D. 27
226 days
25 February 1993 CD Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 2       1
6 Keane, Michael V. 27
271 days
11 January 1993 L/RD Everton FC 11 1 final app
2017-20
7 Winks, Harry B., off 76th min. 24
250 days
2 February 1996 LDM Tottenham Hotspur FC 7 1 final app
2017-20
8 Phillips, Kalvin M. 26
311 days
2 December 1995 RDM Leeds United AFC 2 0 final app
2020
1254 9 Calvert-Lewin, Dominic N., off 58th min. 23
206 days
16 March 1997 RF Everton FC 1       1
188th player to score on his debut the 69th Everton player to represent England
10 Ings, Daniel W.J. 28
77 days
23 July 1992 L/CF Southampton FC 3 1 final app
2015-20
11 Grealish, Jack P., off 76th min 25
28 days
10 September 1995 AM/LF Aston Villa FC 2 0 final app
2020
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 2 Wales 0
16 Mount, Mason T., on 58th min. (57:07) for Calvert-Lewin 21
272 days
10 January 1999 RF Chelsea FC 8 2      1
6
1255 14 James, Reece T., on 58th min. (57:28) for Trippier 20
305 days
8 December 1999 RWB Chelsea FC 1      0
the 51st Chelsea player to represent England
12 Mings, Tyrone D., on 58th min. (57.42) for Gomez 27
209 days
13 March 1993 LD Aston Villa FC 3 2 0 final app
2019-20
1
scoreline: England 3 Wales 0
15 Ward-Prowse, James M.E., on 76th min. (75:06) for Grealish 25
342 days
1 November 1994 LF Southampton FC 4 1 0 final app
2017-20
3
1256 17 Barnes, Harvey L., on 76th min. (75:10) for Winks 22
304 days
9 December 1997 LDM Leicester City FC 1 0 only app
2020
the 22nd City player to represent England
18 Maitland-Niles, Ainsley C., on 76th min. (75:16) for Saka 23
40 days
29 August 1997 LWB Arsenal FC 2 0      0
2
result: England 3 Wales 0

unused substitutes:

13-Dean Henderson, 19-Marcus Rashford, 20-Trent Alexander-Arnold, 21-Harry Maguire, 22-Jordon Pickford, 23-Declan Rice.

team notes:

This is England's first friendly fixture with Wales since March 1976.
Jack Grealish's great great grandfather, Billy Garraty, also played for England in 1903.

records:

Sixth consecutive win against Wales (record is seven between 1908 and 1914).
The starting XI featured players from 10 different clubs, the most since May 1997.

 
3-5-2
(3-4-3 for last 30 mins)
Pope -
Gomez
(Mings), Coady, Keane -
Trippier (James), Phillips, Grealish (Ward-Prowse), Winks (Barnes), Saka (Maitland-Miles) -
Calvert-Lewin (Mount), Ings.
notes: 58 minutes-Mings came on onto the right, as Keane swapped flanks, then Mount joined Ings upfront alongside Grealish.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25 years 259 days Appearances/Goals 5.9      0.2
 

Wales Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (17th Sept 2020) 21st
EFO ranking n/a
ELO rating 24th to 23rd
Colours: Made by Adidas - Red v-necked jerseys with red collar, yellow adidas shoulder stripes, red/white/yellow cuffs, red shorts with yellow adidas side stripe, red socks with yellow adidas striped tops.
Capt: Ben Davies
(first captaincy)
Manager: Ryan Joseph Giggs OBE, 46 (23 November 1973), appointed manager on 15 January 2018, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
22nd match, W 11 - D 3 - L 8 - F 27 - A 20.
Wales Lineup
1 Hennessey, Wayne R. 33
258 days
24 January 1987 G Crystal Palace FC, England 92 0
14 Roberts, Conor, off 73rd min. 25
15 days
23 September 1995 RB Swansea City FC 19 1
Roberts cautioned in the 42nd min. for Foul, following a late tackle on the touchline on Saka, after he had passed the ball away.
18 Rodon, Joseph P., off 46th min. 22
352 days
22 October 1997 CD Swansea City FC 5 0
6 Mepham, Christopher J. 22
338 days
5 November 1997
in Hammersmith, England
CD AFC Bournemouth, England 11 0
4 Davies, Benjamin T. 27
167 days
24 April 1993 LB Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 55 0
15 Ampadu, Ethan K.C.R., off 62nd min. 22
24 days
14 September 2000
in Exeter, England
RDM Sheffield United FC, England, on loan from Chelsea FC, England 16 0
Ampadu cautioned in the 57th min. for a Foul, after his challenge on Jack Grealish as he sprinted across the halfway line was dangerous
16 Morrell, Joseph, off 46th min. 23
279 days
3 January 1997
in Ipswich, England
LDM Bristol City FC, England 8 0
9 Roberts, Tyler D. 21
270 days
12 January 1999
in Gloucester, England
RM/RF Leeds United AFC, England 8 0
8 Williams, Jonathan P., off 73rd min. 26
365 days
9 October 1993
in Pembury, England
AM Charlton Athletic FC, England 24 0
14 Matondo, Rabbi 21
29 days
9 September 2000
in Liverpool, England
LAM FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 eV, Germany 5 0
13 Moore, Kieffer R.F., injured off 39th min. (38:50) 28
61 days
8 August 1992
in Torquay, England
CF Cardiff City FC 8 3
Wales Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Wales 0
3 Williams, Neco S., on 40th min. (39:12) for Moore 19
178 days
13 April 2001 RM Liverpool FC, England 3 1
5 Cabango, Benjamin, on 46th min. for Rodon 20
131 days
30 May 2000 CD Swansea City FC 2 0
7 Levitt, Dylan J.C., on 46th min. for Morrell 19
326 days
17 November 2000 LDM Charlton Athletic FC, England, on loan from Manchester United FC, England 2 0
Levitt was cautioned in the 61st min. for a Foul, following his late challenge on Harry Winks, catching the back of his leg, as they mounted a charge.
scoreline: England 2 Wales 0
23 Vaulks, William R., on 62nd min. (61:15) for Ampadu 27
25 days
13 September 1993 RDM Cardiff City FC 6 0
scoreline: England 3 Wales 0
19 Smith, Matthew R., on 73rd min. (72:10) for J.Williams 20
321 days
22 November 1999
in Redditch, England
DM Manchester City FC, England 9 0
2 Gunter, Christopher R., on 73rd min. (72.13) for C.Roberts 31
79 days
21 July 1989 RB unattached 97 0
most apps
result: England 3 Wales 0

unused substitutes:

10-Brennan Johnson, 12-Danny Ward, 17-Rhys Norrington-Davies, 20-Daniel James, 21-Adam Davies, 22-Ben Woodburn.

team notes:

Kieffer Moore was replaced in the 40th minute, after he initially got injured in a collision with Nick Pope in the 30th min. (29.09).

records:

This is Wales' worst defeat at the hands of England since March 1973, also 0-3.

manager Ryan Giggs has one under-16 cap with England against Germany in 1989, in which he was also captain.

 
4-2-3-1 Hennesey -
C.Roberts (Gunter), Rodon (Cabango), Mepham, Davies -
Ampadu (Vaulks), Morrell (Levitt) -
T.Roberts, J.Williams (Smith), Matondo -
Moore
(N.Williams).
notes:- Tyler Roberts went up front when Neco Williams replaced Kieffer Moore in the 40th min

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24 years 297 days Appearances/Goals 22.8 0.3
 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

Once again, in the funereal atmosphere of a deserted Wembley Stadium, the England players were asked to serve up an entertaining friendly International match.  By and large, they did just that against Wales, even though there were some new faces in two experimental sides.  England Manager, Gareth Southgate, brought in some new caps in Bukayo Saka, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and, as later substitutes, Reece James and Harvey Barnes.  All did well, with Calvert-Lewin immediately transferring his current club form with Everton onto this higher stage.

The match began slowly, with Wales having plenty of possession but not really creating any clear chances.  The game was littered with poor passing and nervousness from the players of both sides in those early stages.  That was highlighted by Saka’s poor headed clearance falling for Keiffer Moore shooting wide for Wales in the 20th minute, when he really should have done much better.  It was the first real chance of the match.

Five minutes later England opened the scoring with their own first good chance.  Fine footwork by Jack Grealish on the right as he beat Ethan Ampadu and centred perfectly for Calvert-Lewin to roar in and power home a close range header.  It was a fine goal with a superb assist, and the goal was a big blow to the Welsh team.  They did try and hit back but a header by Chris Mepham was easily saved by Nick Pope.  A minute later and Pope had to dive bravely at the feet of Moore, to gather the ball and stop a dangerous moment.  As the half wore on, and with a goal lead, England began to be a little more assured, and Saka recovered from a shaky start to start driving forward a bit more.  Grealish found him with one pass and only a desperate block at the expense of a corner stopped the Arsenal man.  From the corner Conor Coady was left unmarked, but shot over from a good position.

The second half was comfortable for England helped with an early goal to increase their lead.  Just eight minutes into the half, Grealish, not for the first time, was fouled.  The free-kick was taken by skipper for the night, Kieran Trippier, and he sent in a wonderful cross to the far post.  Who should be there, arriving ahead of any defenders, but Coady, who fired home with the aplomb of the super striker that he surely is!  In fact, that was his first goal of any description for club or country for many moons.  To be fair though, it was only his second England cap.  Rarely has anyone seen such utter joy from any player on scoring his first England goal as shown by Coady, beaming from ear to ear.

Grealish continued to shine, although Ampadu again fouled the Villa man and this time the Welshman was booked as the Scottish referee lost patience.  Shortly afterwards Dylan Levitt was also booked, for a nasty challenge on Harry Winks, and that showed a few of the frustrations that crept into the play of this inexperienced Welsh team.

On 63 minutes the game was well and truly put to bed.  A corner from the left was headed back across goal by substitute Tyrone Mings, and Danny Ings made it a hat-trick of players scoring their first England goals on the night.  And his goal will long live in his memory too, a brilliant overhead kick that left Wayne Hennessey beaten all ends up.

At times, England frustratingly went backwards instead of forwards, although that improved when Mason Mount came on, as his first thought was always to turn towards the Welsh goal.  Grealish was playing really well and after one jinking run his cross flew past the far post with no-one able to get a touch.

On 69 minutes Grealish combined with Mount to set up Saka, coming in from the left, but his slightly deflected shot was brilliantly saved one-handed by Hennessey.  That was so nearly a fourth player notching his first International goal for England.  Saka had improved throughout the game after his nervously shaky start, and he could be pleased with his night’s work.  The only half-hearted reply from the Welsh came from William Vaulks, when he shot well over Pope’s crossbar.

Both sides had agreed six subs each and all were used, with England bringing on three players in the 75th minute.  One lovely moment came when Trippier went off, but before doing so he passed the captain’s armband on to Joe Gomez who immediately passed it on to Coady.  If scoring for his country didn’t excite the Wolves player then being captain of his country, albeit for a short time, left him bursting with pride.  The great Billy Wright would have loved that moment.

Reece James, Harvey Barnes and James Ward-Prowse looked lively after they came on.  Also lively throughout was Ings, and he so nearly scored a fourth for England, in the 83rd minute, only to be foiled by another great save from Hennessey.  And finally, with almost the last kick of the match, Ward-Prowse brought another excellent save from the goalkeeper.

It had been a very useful performance by Southgate’s experimental side, and several of the players did their futures no harm in the Manager’s thinking for the busy programme of games to come.  However, it will almost certainly be a much changed, more experienced side, that will take on Belgium in the next important match of the Nations League tournament.
    
   

Source Notes

TheFA.com
BBC Sport
FAW
 

Mike Payne - football historian and contributor
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