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  Monday, 3 June 2024
A pre-European Championship Finals send-off match

England 3
Bosnia & Herzegovina 0
St. James' Park, Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Kick-off (BST): 7.46pm
Attendance: 50,064
Kieran Trippier won the toss
95 minutes 46:00 & 49:04
Armin Gigović kicked off
Player lost since last match
Larry Lloyd (28 March 2024) 75
Applause and respect for the former rugby player Rob Burrow MBE who died the day previously after suffering with MND

[1-0] Cole Palmer penalty 60 59:51
Ezri Konsa: FOUL
 placed left-footed strike to the right of the goal over Vasilj's outstretched left arm
(Tahirović fouled Konsa 56:52)
(awarded 58:37)
VAR checked & awarded
[2-0] Trent Alexander-Arnold volley 85 84:46
Jack Grealish: CREATIVE

 right-footed volley low across the face of the goal from a Grealish cross-box pass.

[3-0] Harry Kane 89 88:15

 Vasilj failed to stop Kane's left-footed five yard strike after Bowen's initial shot from Maddison's centre is stopped by Konsa and cleared by Muharemović
Marc Guéhi 29 28:30  

Jarrad Branthwaite
76 75:30
Benjamin Tahirović 59 58:47
Jusuf Gazibegović 64 63:13
  Commentator: Steve Bower with Rob Green
"HANDY COLE" Mirror Sport & iSport
Officials from Norway England Squad Type Bosnia Squad
Referee (sky blue)
Rohit Saggi
32 (31 January 1992), FIFA-listed 2018.
25 or 26
FA say 25 UEFA say 26
Goal Attempts 2
8 Attempts on Target 0
Assistant Referees 0 Hit Bar/Post 0
Morten Jensen Anders Olav Dale
33 (6 October 1990)
11 Corner Kicks Won 2
Fourth official
Morten Krogh
, 36 (19 March 1988) Denmark
1 Offside Calls Against 1
Video Assistant Officials from Denmark 7 Fouls Conceded 16
Sandi Putros, 36 (27 October 1987)
Kristoffer Kristoffersen, 41
70.5% Possession 29.5%
England Team
Rank FIFA (4th April 2024) 4th
EFO ranking Group Two
ELO rating 6th
Colours The Nike 2024 away uniform - Dark Raisin shadow pinstriped crew necked jerseys with seven-coloured side panel and sesame trim, dark raisin shorts with seven-coloured side panel, dark raisin socks with seven-coloured trimmed tops.
Captain Kieran Trippier
Harry Kane
Manager Gareth Southgate, 53 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016. 
3rd of 3, W 3 - D 0 - L 0 - F 11 - A 0.  P 94th of 95, W 58 - D 20 - L 15 - F 205 - A 65. 
England Lineup
  seven changes on the previous match league position (FINAL POSITIONS) ave pos 8
1 Pickford, Jordan L. 30
88 days
7 March 1994 G Everton FC (PL 15th) 61 45ᵍᵃ
final app 2017-24
3 Konsa, Ezri N. 26
224 days
23 October 1997 RB/LB
Aston Villa FC (PL 4th) 3 0
5 Dunk, Lewis C., off 73rd min. 32
195 days
21 November 1991 RCD Brighton & Hove Albion FC (PL 11th) 6 0
final app 2018-24
6 Guéhi, A.K. Marc-Israel, off 62nd min. 23
326 days
13 July 2000
in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
Crystal Palace FC (PL 10th)
29th min. for a challenge (27:59) on Armin Gigović in the centre of his own half
2 Trippier, Kieran J., off 62nd min. 33
258 days
19 September 1990 LB Newcastle United FC (PL 7th) 47 1
Alexander-Arnold, Trent J. 25
240 days
7 October 1998 RDM
Liverpool FC (PL 3rd) 24 3
4 Gallagher, Conor J. 24
118 days
6 February 2000 LDM
Chelsea FC (PL 6th) 13 0
final app 2021-24
11 Bowen, Jarrod 27
166 days
20 December 1996 RAM West Ham United FC (PL 9th) 8 0
final app 2022-24
7 Palmer, Cole J., off 62nd min. 22
28 days
6 May 2002 CAM Chelsea FC (PL 6th) 3 1 ¹
the 110th penalty-kick scored (148)
10 Eze, Eberechi O., off 62nd min. 25
340 days
29 June 1998 LAM Crystal Palace FC (PL 10th) 3 0
9 Watkins, Oliver G.A., off 61st min. 28
156 days
30 December 1995 CF Aston Villa FC (PL 4th) 12 3
final app 2021-24
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Bosnia & Herzegovina 0
20 Kane, Harry E., on 61st min. (60:49) for Watkins 30
311 days
28 July 1993 CF FC Bayern München, Germany (BL 2nd) 90 77 63
the 106th goal by a substitute the 11th player to reach the 90-app milestone
18 Grealish, Jack P., on 62nd min. (61:06) for Eze 28
267 days
10 September 1995 LAM Manchester City FC (PL CHAMPIONS) 36 15 2
final app 2024
19 Maddison, James D., on 62nd min. (61:09) for Palmer 27
193 days
23 November 1996 CAM Tottenham Hotspur FC (PL 5th) 7 4 0
final app 2019-24
1281 23 Wharton, Adam J., on 62nd min. (61:36) for Trippier 20
118 days
6 February 2004 LDM Crystal Palace FC (PL 10th) 1 0
the twentieth Palace player to represent England only app 2024
1282 14 Branthwaite, Jarrad P., on 62nd min (61:43) for Guéhi 21
342 days
27 June 2002 LCD
Everton FC (PL 15th) 1 0
76th min. for a challenge into the back of Gigović near the centre circle 71st player Everton player to represent England only app 2024
12 Gomez, Joseph D., on 73rd min. (72:41) for Dunk 27
11 days
23 May 1997 LB Liverpool FC (PL 3rd) 14 9 0
result: England 3 Bosnia & Herzegovina 0
unused substitutes: 13-Aaron Ramsdale, 15-Jarell Quansah, 16-Declan Rice, 17-Ivan Toney, 21-Curtis Jones, 22-Dean Henderson, 24-James Trafford.
stadium notes: England return to St. James' Park for the first time since March 2005.
team notes: Jarrad Branthwaite is only the ninth Cumbrian to represent England. Whereas Adam Wharton is the 219th Lancastrian.
England's seventieth match to be played on a Monday, and this is their thirtieth clean sheet, as well as Cole Palmer's penalty kick being the 75th home goal scored on a Monday.
date notes: Tenth match held on 3 June, with only one defeat, Portugal in 1986 in Mexico.
manager notes: Gareth Southgate's fiftieth home match; twentieth friendly match
goalscoring records: The third goal is the 1500th goal scored by England in the British Isles. It is also the 350th goal scored by England since 11 May 2010, that is to say, since the Conservative party returned to govern the UK.
Cole Palmer's successful penalty kick is the one hundredth successful post-war kick.
Harry Kane has now scored five of his 63 goals from the bench, equal with Peter Crouch and two behind Jermain Defoe.
4-2-3-1 Pickford -
Konsa, Dunk
(Gomez), Guéhi (Branthwaite),Trippier (Wharton) -
Alexander-Arnold, Gallagher -
Bowen, Palmer
(Maddison), Eze (Grealish) -
notes: at the withdrawal of Trippier, Alexander-Arnold went to right back, and Konsa to the left. Wharton took up left side of defensive midfield, swapping with Gallagher. Konza then partnered Branthwaite at centre-back when Gomez came on as a left-back.
Averages (Starting XI): Age 27 years 130 days Appearances/Goals 17.3 0.5
Bosnia & Herzegovina Team
 Rank FIFA (4th April 2024) 74th
EFO ranking n/a
ELO rating 89th
Colours Made by Kelme - White v-necked jerseys with blue collar/trim, white shorts with blue trim, white socks.
Captain Ermedin Demirović
Nikola Vasilj 72:45
Head Coach Sergej Barbarez, 52 (17 September 1971), appointed to his first ever management position on 19 April 2024.
first match, W 0 - D 0 - L 1 - F 0 - A 3.
Bosnia & Herzegovina Lineup
1 Vasilj, Nikola 28
184 days
2 December 1995 Gk FC St. Pauli von 1910, Germany 9 0
4 Bičakčić, Ermin, off 74th min. 34
131 days
24 January 1990
in Zvornik, SFR Yugoslavia
RWB Braunscheiger Turn-uSv Eintracht von 1895, Germany 36 3
16 Ahmedhodžić, Anel, off 82nd min. 25
69 days
26 March 1999
in Malmö, Sweden
RD Sheffield United FC, England 23 1
18 Katić, Nikola 30
237 days
10 October 1996 CD FC Zürich, Switzerland 1 0
21 Radeljić, Stjepan, off 74th min. 26
272 days
5 September 1997 LD Hnk Rijeka, Croatia 1 0
24 Gazibegović, Jusuf 24
84 days
11 March 2000
in Salzburg, Austria
LWB Sk Sturm Graz, Austria 16 0
64th min. for a cynical foul on Jarrod Bowen as he pulled away on his inside
8 Gigović, Armin, off 82nd min. 22
58 days
6 April 2002
in Lund, Sweden
RM FC Rostov, Russia 1 0
6 Tahirović, Benjamin 21
92 days
3 March 2003
in Spånga, Sweden
RCM Amsterdamsche FC Ajax, Netherlands 7 0
59th min. for pulling on the shirt of Ezri Konsa (56:52) in the area PENALTY
14 Šarić, Dario, off 63rd min. 27
4 days
30 May 1997 LCM Palermo FC, Italy 2 0
20 Hajradinović, Haris 30
106 days
18 February 1994
in Prilep, Republic of Macedonia
LM Kasımpaşa SK, Turkey 9 1
10 Demirović, Ermedin, off 74th min. 26
70 days
25 March 1998
in Hamburg, Germany
CF FC Augsburg 1907, Germany 25 1
Bosnia & Herzegovina Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Bosnia & Herzegovina 0
7 Huseinbašić, Denis, on 63rd min. (62:11) for Šarić 22
336 days
3 July 2001
in Erbach, Germany
LCM 1.FC Köln 01/07, Germany 1 0
15 Mujakić, Nihad, on 74th min. (73:01) for Bičakčić 26
49 days
15 April 1998 RWB MKE Ankaragücü, Turkey 3 0
9 Tabaković, Haris, on 74th min. (73:11)  for Demirović 29
349 days
20 June 1994
in Grenchen, Switzerland
CF Hertha, Berliner SC, Germany 2 0
3 Hadžikadunić, Dennis, on 74th min. (73:18)  for Radeljić 25
330 days
9 July 1999
in Malmö, Sweden
RD FC Rostov, Russia 27 0
17 Burnić, Dženis, on 82nd min. (81:40) for Gigović 26
12 days
22 May 1998
in Hamm, Germany
RM Karlsruher SC Mülburg-Phönix, Germany 1 0
23 Muharemović, Tarik, on 82nd min. (81:50)  for Ahmedhodžić 21
96 days
28 February 2003
in Ljubljana, Slovenia
LD Juventus Next Gen, Italy 1 0
result: England 3 Bosnia & Herzegovina 0
unused substitutes: 11-Edin Džeko, 12-Osman Hadžikić, 19-Madžid Šošić, 22-Kenan Pirić.
team notes:  
4-5-1 Vasilj -
(Mujakić), Ahmedhodžić (Muharemović), Katić, Radeljić (Hadžikadunić), Gazibegović -
(Burnić), Tahirović, Šarić (Huseinbašić), Hajradinović -
Averages (Starting XI): Age 26 years 253 days Appearances/Goals 11.8 0.5
    Match Report by Mike Payne

England had a rather depleted line-up starting the game with Bosnia and Herzegovina at Newcastle and it took a while for the players to find their feet after not having played much since the end of our season. Eventually, though, the team gained a comfortable win against a determined and organised opponent. Quite a few players looked a little rusty but Conor Gallagher was working hard in midfield and Jarrod Bowen looked lively on the right wing.

There was an immediate scare in the third minute when goalkeeper Jordan Pickford hit a pass straight to a Bosnian player just outside the area, but luckily nothing came of it. Pickford has made a bit of a habit of those clearances in recent games, and that must stop.

There were some robust challenges flying in from the visitors, with Eberechi Eze fouled by Anel Ahmedhodzic being one of the worst tackles. The resultant free-kick was cleared, but on nine minutes the first real chance of the game fell to Ollie Watkins. A fine pass found him behind the defenders and to the right of goal, and despite being pushed, held and shoved by Nikola Katic, he fired in a shot, which goalkeeper Nikola Vasilj blocked well with his body. If Watkins had gone down under the challenge then the Aston Villa player would have had a good case for a penalty.

Unfortunately, England then went into one of those spells where the usual pattern of slow, slow, quick, slow, slow passing kept possession well but had little effect on the attacking side of their game. On 18 minutes Gallagher shot over, a rare piece of excitement for the large crowd and then a TV close-up of substitute Anthony Gordon, sitting on the bench and stifling a yawn sort of summed up the proceedings of the game so far. On 27 minutes though, there was some play that really did get the crowd going and it came from Eze. A brilliant run, weaving in and out of Bosnia defenders finally won a corner. From that corner only the outstretched foot of the goalkeeper stopped a certain goal from Ezri Konsa's shot.

As for the visitors, they largely relied on quick breakaways, and the England defenders had to work hard to stop the speed of some of those occasional breaks. In one of those attacks England gave the ball away very cheaply, but a defender blocked the shot away for a corner, which was cleared. England's passes in the final third of the pitch were poor at times although right on half-time the lively Bowen put in a good cross which was scrambled clear, before the same player forced a save from Vasilj. The half ended goalless and it was not the most inspiring of halves for the crowd, the hope was that the second half would be better.

And so it proved as England upped the tempo, forced the Bosnia & Herzegovina players back more and more often, and started to create a few more chances. Trent Alexander-Arnold sent in a cross, headed over by Watkins, and then Watkins just failed to beat the keeper to a through ball. England were winning corners more frequently now and Cole Palmer saw a shot blocked after Bowen had set the player up. Then, on 58 minutes the breakthrough came.

Following another corner, a foul had been spotted and a VAR check was called for. With all the pushing and pulling that had gone on before, it seemed odd that something was spotted this time. But sure enough, after the referee had been told to have a look at the monitor, he turned and signalled a penalty. Replays showed that there had been a blatant pull on Konsa's shirt by Benjamin Tahirovic and this time the defender was penalised. Penalty to England, and who should be waiting to come on but Harry Kane, chomping at the bit to take the spot-kick. Common sense prevailed though as Palmer was entrusted with the kick and Kane was made to wait. Good decision too, as Palmer put the kick away with a certain aplomb.

A raft of substitutions then took place with Kane amongst the five players who came on for England, and the tales were up now for the home side. With 30 minutes left England upped their game again and peppered the visitors with a number of goal attempts. Gallagher and Bowen won corners and then Kane headed over from a cross from the left. On 72 minutes Kane forced a fine save from Vasilj. After more pressure England finally put the game to bed in the 85th minute. Jack Grealish showed good skills before sending a fine cross over to the right, where Alexander-Arnold was unmarked and calling for it. The pass was perfect and so was A-A's shot, a volley into the far corner. A great goal which put a better reflection on the scoreline.

In the last minute the score was made even more emphatic when another good pass by Grealish found James Maddison, who saw his shot blocked unwittingly by Konsa standing almost on the goalline. The ball rebounded across goal and Kane reacted by scrambling a shot past the keeper for the 63rd goal for his country.

So, a much better second-half showing by England and the crowd went home happy after taking particular note of the impact that Eze, Bowen and Gallagher could make in the next games. There is an abundance of talent in this England squad, let's hope that Gareth Southgate makes all the right calls in the coming weeks.


Source Notes

BBC Sport
Bosnia & Herzegovina FA
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor