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  Tuesday, 29 March 2022
A BT Friendly International match

England 3 Côte d'Ivoire 0 [2-0]
The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Kick-off (BST): 7.48pm
Attendance: 73,405
Raheem Sterling kicked off
after 'taking the knee' and a false start
Sergie Aurier won the toss
96 minutes 47:05 & 48:52
[0-0] Jude Bellingham effort hits post 14:37
[1-0] Ollie Watkins 30 29:44
 right-footed tap in from 3 yds a Raheem Sterling left-sided low cross
[2-0] Raheem Sterling 45 44:24
 right-footed from 7yds after Jack Grealish crossed in a Sterling rebounded shot
VAR offside check: goal awarded 45 1+17

Serge Aurier sent off 39:11: ten men

<400th England friendly home goal scored

<300th England goal scored in March
[2-0] penalty award 45:50 foul: VAR overturned 47:39
[3-0] Tyrone Mings header 90+3 92:45
headed down a Phil Foden corner and bounced over Badra Ali

75th goal scored on a Tuesday at home
  Serge Aurier 32 31:06
Jean Michaël Seri 33 32:27
Serge Aurier 40 39:07
Expulsion: Serge Aurier 40 39:11
Commentator: Martin Tyler with Alan Smith
Officials from Belgium England Squad Type Côte d'Ivoire Squad
Referee (black)
Erik Lambrechts
37 (17 September 1984)
18 Goal Attempts 3
7 Attempts on Target 1
Assistant Referees 1 Hit Bar/Post 0
Jo De Weirdt
40 (14 September 1981)
Kevin Monteny
43 (27 September 1978)
7 Corner Kicks Won 2
Fourth official
Alexandre Boucaut
41 (10 August 1980)
3 Offside Calls Against 1
  Fouls Conceded  
60.3% Possession 39.7%

Video Assistant Officials  
Lawrence Visser
32 (18 December 1989), Lommel
Assistant VAR official - Lothar D'Hondt, 27
England Team
Rank: FIFA (10th February 2022) 5th
EFO ranking Group One (3rd)
ELO rating 6th
Colours: The Nike 2020 home uniform - White crew-necked jerseys with navy blue collar and side trim, blue shorts with dark blue side stripe, white socks.
Capt: Raheem Sterling ²
3rd, W 2 - D 0 - L 1 - F 9 - A 3
Harry Kane 61:35
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 51 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
70th match, W 46 - D 14 - L 10 - F 157 - A 43
England Lineup
1 Pope, Nicholas D. 29
349 days
14 April 1992 G Burnley FC 8 1ᵍᵃ
2 White, Benjamin W., off half time 24
172 days
8 October 1997 RB Arsenal FC 4 0
final app 2021-22
3 Mitchell, Tyrick K., off 62nd min. 22
209 days
1 September 1999 LB Crystal Palace FC 2 0
final app 2022
4 Rice, Declan 23
74 days
14 January 1999 LDM West Ham United FC 29 2
Mings, Tyrone D. 29
16 days
13 March 1993 LCD Aston Villa FC 17 2
final app 2020-22
6 Maguire, J. Harry 29
24 days
5 March 1993 RCD Manchester United FC 42 7
Sterling, Raheem S., off 62nd min. 27
111 days
8 December 1994
in Kingston, Jamaica
RAM Manchester City FC 74 19
8 Ward-Prowse, James M.E., off 79th min. 27
148 days
1 November 1994 RDM Southampton FC 10 2
Watkins, Oliver G.A., off 62nd min. 26
89 days
30 December 1995 CF Aston Villa FC 7 2
final app 2021-22
10 Bellingham, Jude V.W. 18
273 days
29 June 2003 AM Bsv Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany 12 0
W 12 - D 0 - L 0
Grealish, Jack P., off 62nd min. 26
200 days
10 September 1995 LAM Manchester City FC 20 1
191st player to reach the 20-app milestone
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 2 Côte d'Ivoire 0
17 Walker-Peters, Kyle L., on half time for White 24
350 days
13 April 1997 RB Southampton FC 2 1 0
final app 2022
12 Shaw, Luke P.H., on 62nd min. (61:18) for Mitchell 26
260 days
12 July 1995 LB Manchester United FC 21 18 2
23 Smith Rowe, Emile, on 62nd min. (61:33) for Grealish 21
244 days
28 July 2000 LAM Arsenal FC 3 1 1
final app 2021-22
20 Kane, Harry E., on 62 min. (61:35) for Watkins 28
244 days
28 July 1993 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 69 59 49
Foden, Philip W., on 62nd min. (61:36) for Sterling 21
305 days
28 May 2000 RAM Manchester City FC 15 11 2
21 Gallagher, Conor J., on 79th min. (78:58) for Ward-Prowse 22
51 days
6 February 2000 RDM Crystal Palace FC, on loan from Chelsea FC 3 1 0
result: England 3 Côte d'Ivoire 0
unused substitutes: 13-Fraser Forster, 14-Jordan Henderson, 15-Marc Guéhi, 16-Conor Coady, 19-Mason Mount, 22-Jordan Pickford.
team notes: Jack Grealish's great great grandfather, Billy Garraty, also played for England in 1903.
Raheem Sterling becomes the fourth most-appearenced BME player.
manager/player notes: James Ward-Prowse becomes the fortieth player to make a tenth appearance under Gareth Southgate.
Whereas Conor Gallagher becomes the sixtieth to have made three appearances, and Kyle Walker-Peters, the seventieth to have made a second, leaving another sixteen to have ever made one appearance. Another nine have appeared on the bench only and another three withdrew from their squad. All in all... Southgate has used 98 different players.
records: England's 300th victory at home.
The seventieth match played on a Tuesday. The thirtieth clean sheet. 25th victory at home.
The fortieth home victory in the month of March.
England have now won their tenth friendly match in-a-row, all at home, extending back to June 2018 (five short of the record set 1923-48). Unbeaten friendly run is fourteen matches, since June 2017 (record is 24 (1908-29).
England have scored 35 goals in 2021-22, after nine matches. The same number that they scored in 2020-21 with nineteen matches (the record is 45 in 1960-61).
4-2-3-1 Pope -
(Walker-Peters), Maguire, Mings, Mitchell (Shaw) -
(Gallagher), Rice
(Foden), Bellingham, Grealish (Smith Rowe) -
Averages (Starting XI): Age 25 years 253 days Appearances/Goals 20.5 2.9
Côte d'Ivoire Team
Rank: FIFA (10th Feb 2022) 51st
EFO ranking n/a
ELO rating 47th
Colours: Made by Puma - Orange crew-necked jerseys with darker orange shadowed stripes, green collar/shoulder stripe, orange shorts with green side panel, orange socks.
Capt: Serge Aurier Manager: Patrice Beaumelle, 43 (24 April 1978 in Arles, France), appointed November 2020.
Côte d'Ivoire Lineup
23 Sangaré, Badra Ali 35
303 days
30 May 1986 G JDR Stars, South Africa 23 0
17 Aurier, Serge A.S. 29
95 days
24 December 1992 RB

Villarreal CF, Spain



25th expulsion vs. England
32nd min. for a kick and pulling back on Jack Grealish as he tried to sprint
40th min. for complaining at the referee for not getting a free-kick
21 Bailly, Éric B., off half time 27
351 days
12 April 1994 RCD Manchester United FC, England 46 2
27 Déli, Simon D.S. 30
153 days
27 October 1991 LCD Adana Demispor Kulübü, Turkey 23 0
14 Kamara, Hassane 28
24 days
5 March 1994
in Saint Denis, France
LB Watford FC, England 6 0
19 Pépé, Nicolas, off 45th min. 26
304 days
29 May 1995
in Mantes-la-Joile, France
RM Arsenal FC, England 34 9
8 Kessié, Franck Y. 25
100 days
19 December 1996 RCM AC Milan, Italy 58 6
4 Seri, Jean Michaël, off 90th+3rd min 30
253 days
19 July 1991 LCM Fulham FC, England 40 4
33rd min. for slicing down Raheem Sterling as he headed towards the area
15 Gradel, Max-Alain, off 45th min. 34
119 days
30 November 1987 LM Sivasspor Kulübü, Turkey 96 16
22 Haller, Sébastien R.T., off 86th min 27
280 days
22 June 1994
in Ris-Orangis, France
RF Amsterdamche FC Ajax, Netherlands 14 4
11 Comet, G.A. Maxwel, off 64th min. 25
183 days
27 September 1996 LF Burnley FC, England 29 6
Côte d'Ivoire Substitutes
scoreline: England 2 Côte d'Ivoire 0
5 Agbadou, Emmanuel, on half time for Bailly 24
285 days
17 June 1997 RD KAS Eupen, Belgium 2 0
6 Boly, Willy-Arnaud Z., on half time for Pépé 31
54 days
3 February 1991
in Melun, France
RM Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, England 12 1
12 Coulibaly, Fousseny, on half time for Gradel 41
240 days
1 August 1980 LM Espérance Sportive de Tunis, Tunisia 3 0
3 Konan, Ghislaine N.,on 64th min. (63:04) for Cornet 26
92 days
27 December 1995 LF Stade de Reims, France 19 0
28 Boli, Yohan A.M., on 86th min. (85:09) for Haller 28
132 days
17 November 1993
in Arras, France
RF Al-Rayyan SC, Qatar 12 0
20 Akouokou, E.Paul, on 90th+3rd min. (92:28) for Seri 24
99 days
20 December 1997 CM Real Betis Balompié, Spain 2 0
result: England 3 Côte d'Ivoire 0
unused substitutes: 1-Abdoul Cissè, 2-Ismaël Diallo,10-Jean Kouassi, 16-Mohamed Konè, 18-Ibrahim Sangaré, 25-Karim Konaté.
4-4-2 Sangare -
Aurier, Bailly
(Agbadou), Deli, Kamara -
Pépé (Boly), Kessie, Serir, Gradel (Coulibaly) -
(Boli), Cornet (Konan)
Averages (Starting XI): Age 29 years 100 days Appearances/Goals 40.2 4.5
    Match Report by Mike Payne

Another friendly match at Wembley, which gave manager Gareth Southgate another pre-World Cup look at his growing squad of players. Tyrick Mitchell and Ollie Watkins started for the first time and altogether there were ten changes from the previous match against Switzerland. Ivory Coast were a new opponent for the Three Lions, and a good game was in prospect at the start.

England seemed content for the visitors to have most of the possession in the early stages, but on six minutes Ben White and Jude Bellingham combined well to put Watkins in, but he was adjudged to be narrowly offside. The England fans were keen to see a more attack-minded home team and a more positive showing than some of the recent games have produced. On eight minutes good approach play from Jack Grealish and Raheem Sterling, who were linking well, gave James Ward-Prowse the chance for a trademark cross. That was cleared to Declan Rice, whose following centre was also cleared away by a determined defending.

There were already signs of some roughhouse tactics from the African side, which seems to be normal when facing sides from that continent, and Sterling, especially, was taking a buffeting. Another free-kick against the Ivory Coast side saw a fine centre in from Ward-Prowse to Tyrone Mings, but the defender's header was deflected wide. Immediately a poor clearance out of defence as Grealish latched on to the ball, but luckily for the Ivory Coast his attempted pass to Sterling was intercepted.

At this stage England were gaining the ascendency with Grealish, Bellingham and Sterling particularly lively and linking well. On 15 minutes Bellingham came so close as an exchange of passes, saw him shoot at the near post, only for goalkeeper, Badra Ali Sangare to deflect the ball wide with his leg. From the corner, Watkins is inches away from a touch at the far post. The pressure was increasing and Bellingham, again to the fore, fed Grealish, who so nearly squeezed another shot in at the near post.

With Rice behind him Bellingham had a free licence to move forward, and he was having a fine match, as was Rice, whose role was different but effective. As the half approached the midway point, the only thing missing from England was a goal their play deserved. A couple of rare Ivory Coast attacks saw Maxwell Cornet crowded out, and then Harry Maguire, ridiculously booed by some fans as his name was read out at the start, cleverly shepherded the ball out for a goal-kick when under pressure from a visiting attacker. Maguire won warm applause for that.

A stifled penalty appeal by England and a Sterling shot that was well blocked by Simon Deli followed. That was a vital stop from the defender, but on the half-hour England finally broke the deadlock. Brilliant footwork by Sterling created a chance to cross close in, and there was Watkins to jubilantly tap the ball over the line for as easy a goal as he is ever likely to score. What a way to celebrate your first start for England. Four minutes later and yet another foul on Sterling gave Ward-Prowse the chance to cross to Rice, but the West Ham player's header lacked pace and direction and was easily saved by Sangare.

It was all happening in the final five minutes of the half, as first Bellingham shot narrowly wide and then, Serge Aurier, the Ivory Coast defender, who had already been booked earlier, received a second yellow card followed by a red, for talking out of turn after questioning the referee as to why he hadn't received a free-kick? Even Grealish pleaded to the referee, but the decision was right. African players do have a tendency to let their lack of discipline get the better of themselves at times.

England then came close again when Grealish and Sterling combined to see the latter's shot blocked, but right on half-time England scored a second goal. Grealish, Watkins and Sterling were all involved and after the keeper parried a shot out to Grealish again, his clever pass gave Sterling the goal his performance on the night deserved. A VAR check was cleared and the visitors went into the break with a mountain to climb, two goals down and a man down. An excellent half for England.

The second-half began with England on top again. Walker-Peters came on for White at the interval and the Ivory Coast made three changes. The visitors were still walking a tightrope with some of their challenges and this was not a game a referee enjoys. Bellingham again bursts through, but held the ball too long before shooting, much to the exasperated Sterling's annoyance. Walker-Peters sees a shot blocked as the hour mark approached, and that time on the clock was the signal for Southgate to make lots of changes. It was like watching the England rugby matches when most of the side is replaced, I don't like seeing it. And how many names do these people want? Smith Rowe, Walker-Peters, Ward-Prowse, all I can say is thank goodness Alexander Arnold, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Hudson-Odoi and Loftus-Cheek were not on the bench! Will we one day see an England team where all the players have multiple names? I don't think I have enough ink in my pen for that!

The game then follows the usual post-mass substitutions pattern by falling a bit flat. The chance to really rub salt in the wounded visitors was lost a little as the pressure dropped off. To be fair the Ivory Coast defended well this half, and England struggled to find gaps. Bellingham was still pulling the strings in midfield, and both Smith Rowe and Ward-Prowse went close to scoring. (Two shots, not four!)

England were very comfortably on top but Nick Pope did have a second touch during the last 15 minutes. With Grealish off now, the attack lacked the flair shown earlier and on 77 minutes a Luke Shaw foul gave the visitors their best chance of the night. From the free-kick by Jean Michael Seri gave Deli a great chance, but his volley was high, wide and not so handsome. England then brought on a sixth substitute (!) with Conor Gallagher replacing Ward-Prowse. One of the other subs was Harry Kane and he missed a couple of good chances as the time ticked away. Phil Foden went close and Smith Rowe also had a go, and won a corner. From that, in the third minute of added time, Foden's kick was headed in by Mings, well, I say headed in, it actually came off his nose, the ball going down into the ground and bouncing high into the net.

And that was it, game over and a very comfortable win for England. The only criticism was that the team still lack the killer instinct when so much on top, and that is something they must work on before the World Cup arrives. Still, all is well, the squad is strong, with lots of options, and there is no reason to fear anyone.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor