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FINAL MEETING vs. REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
  Thursday, 12 November 2020
A BT Sport International Friendly match


England 3 Republic of Ireland 0 [2-0]
 

The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
 seventieth match at the new National Stadium

Kick-off (GMT): 8.03pm
Attendance: behind closed doors

94 minutes 47:02 & 46:58 Alan Browne kicked off after 'taking the knee' Match Summary
England Squad
Republic of Ireland Squad
[1-0] Harry Maguire header 18 17:13
 
headed into the far post from a Winks cross after initial corner was cleared
[2-0] Jadon Sancho 31 30:25
 
right-footed shot low into the far corner from a Grealish pass to to the left
  
[3-0]Dominic Calvert-Lewin penalty 56 55:26
 powerful penalty to the centre of goal
(Christie foul Saka 54:21; awarded 54:23)
 
   
   
Commentator: Sam Matterface with Lee Dixon

Match Summary

Officials from Spain England

Type

Republic of Ireland

Referee (pink) - Carlos del Cerro Grande
 44 (13 March 1976), Alcala de Henares, FIFA-listed 2013.
 
Assistant Referees - Juan Carlos Yuste
Jiménez, 45 (25 September 1975) and Roberto Alonso Fernández, 44 (18 September 1976).
Fourth official - José Luis Munuera Montero
, 37 (19 May 1983), Jaén.

A 'period of applause' and black armbands worn was held for the recent deaths of Nobby Stiles MBE, Tony Waiters and Albert Quixall.
20 Goal Attempts 4
5 Attempts on Target 2
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
12 Corner Kicks Won 2
  Offside Calls Against  
11 Fouls Conceded 12
56% Possession 44%

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (22nd October 2020) 4th
EFO ranking Group One (2nd)
ELO rating 11th to =9th
Colours: The Nike 2020 away uniform - Mega blue and royal blue collared jersey and shorts. Abstract three-lions pattern throughout with challenge red sidestripes. Mega blue socks with a thin challenge red/sport royal blue hoop.
Capt: Harry Maguire
(first captaincy, 1)
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 50 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
47th match, W 28 - D 10 - L 9 - F 96 - A 35.
124th known (61st post-war) captain
England Lineup
1 Pope, Nicholas D., off 46th min. 28
212 days
14 April 1992 G Burnley FC 4 0ᵍᵃ final app
2017-20
2 James, Reece T. 20
340 days
8 December 1999 RWB Chelsea FC 4 0 final app
2020
3 Saka, Bukayo A.T.M. 19
68 days
5 September 2001 LWB Arsenal FC 2       0
4 Keane, Michael V. 27
306 days
11 January 1993 RD Everton FC 12 1 final app
2017-20
5 Maguire, J. Harry 27
252 days
5 March 1993 CD Manchester United FC 29       2
6 Mings, Tyrone D., off 61st min. 27
244 days
13 March 1993 LD Aston Villa FC 5       0
7 Mount, Mason T., off 73rd min. 21
307 days
10 January 1999 LM Chelsea FC 11       2
8 Winks, Harry B. 24
284 days
2 February 1996 RM Tottenham Hotspur FC 8       1
9 Calvert-Lewin, Dominic N., off 63rd min. 23
241 days
16 March 1997 CF Everton FC 4   2 (1)
the 100th goal scored by an Everton player
10 Sancho, Jadon M. 20
232 days
25 March 2000 RF BSV Borussia 09 eV Dortmund, Germany 16       3
11 Grealish, Jack P., off 61st min. 25
63 days
10 September 1995 LF Aston Villa FC 3       0
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 2 Republic of Ireland 0
1257 13 Henderson, Dean B., on 46th min. for Pope 23
245 days
12 March 1997
G
Manchester United FC 1 0ᵍᵃ
only app
2020
England's 114th goalkeeper the 69th United player to represent England
scoreline: England 3 Republic of Ireland 0
16 Maitland-Niles, Ainsley C., on 61st min (60:15) for Mings 23
75 days
29 August 1997 CD Arsenal FC 4 1       0
3
18 Foden, Philip W., on 61st min (60:20) for Grealish 20
168 days
28 May 2000 LM Manchester City FC 2 1       0
1
15 Bakumo-Abraham, K.O. Tamaraebi, on 63rd min. (62:18) for Calvert-Lewin 23
41 days
2 October 1997 CF Chelsea FC 5 1       1
4
1258 17 Bellingham, Jude V.W., on 73rd min. (72:54) for Mount 17
136 days
29 June 2003

RM

BSV Borussia 09 eV Dortmund, Germany 1 0

only app
2020

England's 66th teenager, third youngest
the fortieth debutant under Southgate
2nd Dortmund player to represent England
youngest ever foreign-based player
result: England 3 Republic of Ireland 0

unused substitutes:

14-Declan Rice, 19-Harry Kane, 20-Eric Dier, 21-Ben Chilwell, 22-Jordan Pickford, 23-Jordan Henderson.

team notes:

Alan Browne tested positive for the coronavirus in the testing following this match

records:

Fiftieth victory at the new National Stadium marks England's first victory over Ireland since 1985.
Fifth match on this date, with five wins out of five.
Manchester United players are now one behind (32) Tottenham players (33) in the goalscorers lists.
Of the 94 successful penalty-kicks - more have been scored in the 55th-60th minute period (9) than any other.
 
3-4-3 Pope (Henderson) -
Keane, Maguire, Mings
(Maitland-Niles) -
James, Winks, Mount
(Bellingham), Saka -
Sancho, Calvert-Lewin
(Abraham), Grealish (Foden)

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24 years 133 days Appearances/Goals 8.8       0.7
 

Republic of Ireland Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (22nd October 2020) 36th
EFO ranking Group Ten
ELO rating 43rd
Colours: Made by Umbro - White v-necked jerseys with white/orange collar and green cuffs, green shorts with white panel on hem, white socks with green tops/thin calf hoop.
Capt: Shane Duffy Head Coach: Stephen Kenny, 49 (30 October 1971), appointed manager on 4 April 2020
6th match, W 0 - D 3 - L 3 - F 1 - A 6.
Republic of Ireland Lineup
23 Randolph, Darren E.A. 33
184 days
12 May 1987 G West Ham United FC, England 48 0
12 Christie, Cyrus S.F., off 61st min. 28
43 days
30 September 1992
in Coventry, England
RB Nottingham Forest FC, England 26 2
4 Duffy, Shane P.M. 28
316 days
1 January 1992
in Derry, Northern Ireland
CD Celtic FC, Scotland, on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion FC, England 39 4
5 Egan, John, injured off 14th min. 28
23 days
20 October 1992 CD Sheffield United FC, England 12 0
2 Doherty, Matthew J. 28
301 days
16 January 1992 LB Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 15 1
7 Browne, Alan J. 25
211 days
15 April 1995 RDM Preston North End FC, England 11 1
6 Hourihane, Conor, off 71st min. 29
284 days
2 February 1991 LDM Aston Villa FC, England 21 1
17 Horgan, Daryl J., off 60th min. 28
94 days
10 August 1992 RM Wycombe Wanderers FC, England 9 0
13 Hendrick, Jeffrey P. 28
286 days
31 January 1992 AM Newcastle United FC, England 59 2
15 O'Dowda, Callum J.R., off 61st min. 25
203 days
23 April 1995
in Kidlington, England
LM Bristol City FC, England 22 0
9 Idah, Adam 19
275 days
11 February 2001 CF Norwich City FC, England 4 0
Republic of Ireland Substitutes
20 O'Shea, Dara, on 14th min. (13.15) for Egan 21
253 days
4 March 1999 CD West Bromwich Albion FC, England 2 0
scoreline: England 3 Republic of Ireland 0
10 Brady, Robert, on 60th min. (59:57) for Horgan 28
303 days
14 January 1992 RM Burnley FC, England 52 8
14 Long, Kevin F., on 61st min. (60:06) for Christie 30
86 days
18 August 1990 RB Burnley FC, England 15 1
11 McLean, James J., on 61st min. (60:18) for O'Dowda 31
204 days
22 April 1989
in Derry, Northern Ireland
LM Wigan Athletic FC, England 76 10
22 Molumby, Jayson P., on 71st min. (70:24) for Hourihane 21
98 days
6 August 1999 DM Brighton & Hove Albion FC, Engand 4 0
21 Curtis, Ronan, on 71st min. (70:26) for Idah 24
228 days
29 March 1996
in London, England
CF Portsmouth FC, England 5 0
result: England 3 Republic of Ireland 0

unused substitutes:

1-Mark Travers, 16-Caoimhín Kelleher, 18-James Collins, 19-Sean Maguire.

team notes:

 

records:

The Republic are without a goal in their past five matches. Their longest run since 1995-96.
 
3-2-4-1 Randolph -
Christie
(Long), Duffy, Egan (O'Shea), Doherty -
Browne, Hourihane
(Molumby) -
Horgan
(Brady), Hendrick, O'Dowda -
Idah
(Curtis)

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27 years 270 days Appearances/Goals 24.2 1.0
 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

In the first 15 minutes of this friendly International at Wembley, both sides looked to try and gain the edge on proceedings.  Tyrone Mings missed with a header from an early England corner but Ireland hit back with some good raids down the right where Daryl Horgan looked lively.  Twice the winger put in dangerous crosses, the second following a clever flick from Alan Browne, who sent his former Preston North End teammate away.  England defended the crosses well though and gradually pushed forward more themselves.

The Irish received a blow when John Egan had to go off after an early injury and England, attacking down the right, eventually won a corner.  That was after 18 minutes and the corner was cleared, but only to Harry Winks who sent in another deep cross to the far post.  In came Harry Maguire, who outjumped the defence to beat Darren Randolph with a good header and open the scoring.

From that moment on, England were dominant and the Irish gradually run out of ideas.  The danger from Horgan evaporated and that gave Bukayo Saka the licence to move further forward in support of the attack.  It also meant that Jack Grealish could start to show his skills to the full.  A lovely move sent Reece James scampering down the right in the 26th minute and when his cross came in to the near post, only a desperate lunge by Shane Duffy stopped Dominic Calvert-Lewin from ending the move with a goal.  From the resultant corner, Maguire again met the ball with a header and Randolph had to tip the ball over.

England’s crossing was causing the Irish problems all the time, and Grealish won another corner.  From this, in the 31th minute, the ball fell to Winks, who passed to Grealish, who, in turn, found Jadon Sancho.  The youngster skipped inside and hit a right-foot shot into the far corner with a confident finish.

With Grealish pulling the strings in midfield England were in a nice rhythm, whilst Ireland started to look bereft of ideas.  Another Sancho effort was blocked by a desperate lunge by Cyrus Christie.  Nick Pope, who had precious little to do, intercepted a cross and sent Mason Mount breaking down the left as England won yet another corner.  This was cleared, but Ireland kept sending long, aimless balls forward to no-one in particular, and that enabled England to mount other attacks.  Saka, looking more and more dangerous, set up Grealish with a fine pass but nobody was there for the Aston Villa man’s pullback from the byeline.  The final action of a comfortable first-half for England came when Mings shot wide from close range.

After the break England brought on Dean Henderson for a debut in goal, and the first action after the restart saw Grealish, with a jink and a chip shot just wide of the Irish goal.  And within the next two minutes both Saka and James put in efforts that narrowly failed.  England were in full control and another goal seemed inevitable, and that duly came in the 55th minute.  Saka with a strong run into the box ended with Christie tripping the Arsenal man for an obvious penalty.  Calvert-Lewin, who had run hard all through, but had few sights of goal, took the spot-kick, and rifled it home in style giving Randolph no chance to save.  It was all too easy for the home side as the Irish looked a well beaten side, and there was still 35 minutes to go!

It was the time for substitutions and there were quite a few with Grealish, Mings and Calvert-Lewin going off and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Phil Foden and Tammy Abraham coming on for England.  Play became a little sedate after those changes, with England content to tippy-tap the ball around, too often, for the fans who wanted to see more intent to score more goals.  On 66 minutes Maguire missed a great chance after fine work again by Saka.  The full-back was playing well and in another attack, Michael Keane scuffed a shot on the turn and the bounce took it past a surprised Abraham, who was just two yards from goal.

As the Irish made substitutions of their own, Jude Bellingham became the third youngest England player ever, when he replaced Mount.  Meanwhile, Browne, one of the few Irish players to shine, had their first shot on target, as late as the 72nd minute.  Henderson, who initially slipped, made the eventual save with his foot.  As a PNE fan I was willing Browney to tuck that one away!  (Only joking!)

By this time England were so much on top that the game became a little tedious, with everyone seemingly just waiting for the final whistle to go.  Unfortunately there was still ten minutes to go, and in that time Henderson made a second save, this time from substitute Ronan Curtis.  Then Abraham ruined a perfect breakaway chance with a poor pass and Maguire headed wide with his fourth chance of the match.  Right at the end, Duffy had a chance after England’s defence dozed off, but he headed over.

It was a game that was affected by England’s dominance and Ireland’s general lack of ideas and quality.  If England had been a little more forceful, they might have doubled their score, the substitutions didn’t help much and it has to be said that after Grealish went off England lost their sparkle a little.  Nevertheless, it was a well deserved win and a good workout for the tough games to come.  As for Ireland, they have much more to work on and worry about.
        

Source Notes

TheFA.com
BBC Sport
FAI.ie
 

Mike Payne - football historian and contributor 
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