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England - Australia
International friendlies - 27 May 2016
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FULL TIME: England 2-1 Australia. And that’s it. England win thanks to goals from the United duo of Rashford and Rooney. Not entirely convincing, but that will do.
Time almost up as Townsend is fouled by Jedinak. Would normally have been a yellow.
Here's the Rooney goal, in case you misses it.
Henderson shoots over the bar as three additional minutes go onto the clock.
Again won’t be much injury time here. England very close to creeping over the line with another victory…
England sub: Heaton comes on to replace Forster. He’d better not concede now!!
A decent attendance tonight.
England force a dangerous free kick. Milner sends it deep, easily headed clear by Smith.
Australia subs: Goodwin and Irvine on for Mooy and Kruse.
Townsend has already made a difference in the few minutes he’s been on. Burning pace frightening the life out of the Aussie defence.
Another lovely run from Townsend and a good advantage from the referee. He pulls it back to Henderson, who gets in a tangle and can’t connect properly.
Not terminal for England yet...
Here's that own goal by Eric Dier.
A lovely cross from Townsend into a dangerous area and well cleared by Milligan under pressure from Barkley.
Well England really were cruising to victory here but for Eric Dier’s calamity. But he did score the winner against Germany, so we’ll let him off for now!
That substitution being met with boos from the Sunderland crowd. Only in jest? Who knows…
England sub: Sterling off to be replaced by Townsend
GOAL AUSTRALIA! And it’s a dreadful own goal from Eric Dier, heading Degenek’s cross past Forster under no pressure.
Australia subs: Juric on for Rogic, Risdon off for Degenek
England sub: Smalling off to be replaced by Dier
England break and Rooney has options. He finds Barkley but the ball gets stuck between his feet. It comes out to Milner, who shoots wide.
CLOSE! Kruse ghosts in behind the England defence but can’t quite get his shot on target and it’s blocked.
Ikonomidis gets between England’s central defence but his header lacks power and drifts wide. Half a chance.
JOHN STONES WATCH: He’s had a decent game. Has been running all over the place and snapping at heels to make tackles. 7/10 so far.
Australia force a corner. In it comes from Mooy, smashed well over the bar by Risdon.
Another nice move around the box ends with Nathaniel Clyne shooting just over the bar. Decent effort.
Indeed he does and it is to replace that man, or boy, Marcus Rashford.
Looks like Ross Barkley is about to come on for England.
CHANCE! Sterling finds Rashford but his first touch isn’t great, but his second is a lovely cross to Rooney, who should score but clips it wide.
And here's that Rooney goal.
Now Rashford almost picks out Rooney but Ryan reads it well and makes the save.
Australia subs: Maclaren off for Ikonomidis, McKay also on for the Socceroos.
GOAL ENGLAND! It’s an emphatic finish from Rooney, smashing home past Ryan. A lovely turn from Rashford and his dummy is latched onto by Sterling, whose crossfield ball picks out Rooney. He puts his boot through it for his 52nd England goal and first as a substitute!
Rogic has picked up some good positions behind the front two and is getting closer to the target. England beware!
Smalling to the rescue as Australia threaten. England’s defence becoming a little stretched as Rogic fires over the bar.
Rooney with space and time but it’s a poor ball to Sterling with only one defender between them and the keeper has it.
England easing Jack Wilshere back through the gears. Only 45 minutes tonight and not too much to write home about, I’m afraid.
Typical Aussie optimism!
Wayne Rooney actually made his England debut as a half-time substitute against Australia in that 3-1 win back in 2003.
Australia immediately win a corner. In it comes from Mooy, well headed away by Smalling, who retains the captain’s armband.
Two changes for England as Rooney and Milner come on for Wilshere and Lallana. Will be interesting to see how Rooney and Rashford link up. Rooney on as England’s main striker. Sterling has gone to the right and Rashford to the left. 4-3-3 again now.
Back underway here at the Stadium of Light, Marcus Rashford’s well taken third minute goal separating the two sides. Australia far from being second best though.
HALF TIME: England 0 Australia 0
There won’t be much time added on. It’s been a decent half for England without being overly impressive. A dream for Rashford, though.
Sterling wins England another corner. Taken quickly be Henderson to Smalling on the back post but his header across goal is cleared.
SAVE! A nice free kick from Bertrand, rolled across to Henderson and his shot is tipped over the bar by Ryan.
Corner to England. Bertrand takes and knocked out for another corner from Milligan. It goes short to Sterling this time but good defending from Risdon and Australia clear.
Yellow card for Mooy for a foul on Bertrand.
Smith’s cross charged down by Clyne. Appeals for hand ball in the box but very optimistic. Shot by Rogic is wide.
Nice ball from Wilshere into the path of sterling but keeper Ryan reads it well and does well to smother the chance.
Here's what Roy had to say about the boy ahead of kick-off. Bet he's happy now!
Another good ball in from Risdon towards Maclaren but excellent defending from Smalling at the expense of another corner.
Australia win another corner. In it comes and Henderson is first to the ball to clear for England.
Very optimistic diagonal long pass from Stones, fails to find his man. A nice ball follows from Rashford to Lallana, who swivels and shoots on goal but it’s a good save from Ryan.
Despite the early Rashford goal, this has been far from plain sailing. Australia dominating possession with 55% of the ball so far.
Kruse fouled by Bertrand. They’ve identified him as a big threat. He gets gingerly to his feet but seems to have run it off okay.
Australia have kept the ball well for the last few minutes and are growing in confidence. Rogic making some nice runs.
Space for Rogic but Smalling spots the run well and covers across.
Good defending from Bertrand, covering his centre backs nicely. Going to be a tough battle for that left back role between himself, Rose and Baines.
Although Rashford somewhat fluffed his lines there, it was a great run and Sterling found him with a good crossfield pass. Linking up well. Good covering tackle from Smith.
Smalling catches Kruse on the ankle, conceding a dangerous free kick. In it comes but England smuggle it away through Drinkwater. Sterling finds Rashford and he has a great chance to run in on goal but his second touch is poor and the ball gets away from him and into Ryan’s hands.
Australia finding it tough to deal with England’s pace up front. Rashford, Sterling and Lallana causing problems. Encouraging.
Both England and Australia with a 4-4-2 diamond formation. Very interesting. Wilshere playing at the base of it for England with Sterling supporting Rashford up front.
Here's that Rashford goal, courtesy of ITV.
Now Mark Milligan forced into defensive duties as Rashford runs him down the line and almost gets away from him. Had him beaten for pace.
Rashford again given plenty of space in the Aussie box and he’s almost in on goal again.
England defending a little sloppy as they back off Kruse, allowing him to shoot. Thankfully always rising over the bar.
That goal came just after an embarrassing moment for Fraser Forster, whose clearance was almost charged down.
So is that Rashford on the plane to France already after Daniel Sturridge’s injury? He beats Tommy Lawton as England’s youngest goal scorer on debut.
GOAL ENGLAND!! And wow! wow! wow!! It’s Marcus Rashford who becomes the youngest ever player to score on his international debut for England. A lovely, calm volley from Sterling’s deflected cross.
It’s only Marcus Rashford’s 19th professional football match. Incredible. Already had his first touch of the ball. England in their red change strip, Australia in their famous gold, whatever the sport!
KICK-OFF! Off we go. We’ve had ‘Advance Australia Fair’ and ‘God save the Queen’. Now it’s down to business! Last time England played at the Stadium of Light, they beat Turkey 2-0.
FIVE MINUTES TO KICK-OFF: The players are in the tunnel and making their way out onto the pitch. It was 3-1 to the Aussies last time out. Can Roy’s men avenge that defeat? Can Roy’s men avenge that defeat?
Fabien Delph looks like missing out in France after being placed on the standby list. He has a groin strain. "Delph is not with us," Hodgson said at Thursday's news conference. "He's stayed in Manchester. That means he probably won't be in the 23."
Here's Des Kane on why Roy Hodgson must take Marcus Rashford to France.
Hodgson on the injured Sturridge: "I certainly can't deny the fact that we are talking about a player who's had a really unfortunate record over the past couple of years, but he's worked very hard. It's particularly unfortunate he's picked up this calf strain. It's not just as simple as physical fitness either, there's a lot of other factors to take into consideration: you need a certain mentality to get through tournaments and a certain ability to be a member of the team."
Hodgson on Rooney: "I wasn't in the country when Wayne was making his rise to fame. I don't really have that detailed knowledge of him being a young player and how he burst on the scene. But we are fortunate that in Wayne Rooney we have someone who, not only with Rashford, happens to be from Manchester United, but with all the players we've brought in, is very generous with his time, with giving them his experience."
Hodgson on Rashford: "I worked hard in the beginning when, after one or two games, people were saying 'a new genius is born' and 'Hodgson must take him to France' to try and play down those expectations and demands. It is a big game for him because I, my coaching staff, the rest of the players, he himself, the whole of the English football world will be looking to say 'we all think this lad's got something special...can he show it to us once again? We'll be giving him every chance to do so and he'll get so much help, so much support and so much encouragement from the rest of the team."
Here’s some pre-match reading to whet the appetite ahead of tonight’s clash.
AUSTRALIA: Ryan, Smith, Milligan, Wright, Risdon, Jedinak, Luongo, Mooy, Rogic, Kruse, Maclaren. SUBS: Behich, Inman, Malik, Juric, Ikonomidis,Birighitti, McKay, Federici, Goodwin, Degenek, Wilkinson, Irvine.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE text commentary as England host Australia in the second of their pre European Championship warm-up matches. The England team is in. Forster, Clyne, Bertrand, Henderson, Smalling, Stones, Wilshere, Drinkwater, Rashford, Sterling, Lallana. SUBS: Walker, Heaton, Milner, Dier, Townsend, Kane, Rooney, Alli, Rose, Barkley, Hart.