Dominic Calvert-Lewin Scores on Debut as England Thrash Wales 3-0

Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Conor Coady and Danny Ings all netted maiden senior goals as England delivered a three goal thrashing of Wales at Wembley Stadium in a friendly. 

Calvert-Lewin on his first senior England appearance headed the Three Lions in front from Jack Grealish’s 26th minute cross as the hosts initially struggled for possession as Wales dominated the early stages.

Coady then delivered their second goal as he poked in from a curling free-kick by Kieran Trippier after Ethan Ampadu had fouled Jack Grealish to concede the set-piece.

Ings completed the rout with a stunning bicycle-kick from a headed pass by substitute, Tyrone Mings during a corner to seal victory, despite Ings and James-Ward Prowse both seeing shots saved by Hennessey in the closing moments.

Chelsea’s Reece James and Leicester’s Harvey Barnes meanwhile both made their debut England appearances from the bench in separate second-half substitutions.

 

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In a scrappy opening ten minutes of which Wales had the better share of possession, it was the Welsh team who had the first real shot as Tyler Roberts’ shot was deflected wide of the bottom right corner and resulting corner was comfortably cleared.

Calvert-Lewin soon found himself on the end of two good chances but failed to control a 12th minute long ball from Joe Gomez, before trying a pullback just one minute later which no England player was alert to meet with the ball safely cleared.

Kalvin Phillips fouled his Leeds teammate, Tyler Roberts just seven minutes later from which a free-kick was poorly cleared by Bukayo Saka to Kieffer Moore who missed with his weaker left foot.

Moore then failed to get on the end of Roberts’ 24th minute cross as Nick Pope comfortably came rising up to gather the ball, from which Wales paid for their wasted chances just two minutes later.

Trippier unleashed a curling through ball for Grealish to meet and cross into the box to Calvert-Lewin who bullet-headed into goal to gift England the lead, as the Everton striker made it ten goals in seven appearances for club and country this season.

Chris Mepham then saw his header saved by Pope as Wales looked to immediately hit back from a corner, only for Moore to go down twice in nine minutes with a potential ankle injury.

Conor Coady then had the best chance in the closing moments of the first-half when an England corner whipped in by Phillips fell for Saka, who controlled the ball before laying off for Keane to cross bac into the centre of the box for Coady to fire just wide over the bar.

After the break in which Wales’ Joe Morrell and Joe Rodon were replaced by Dylan Levitt and Ben Cabango at half-time, Wales produced the first chance after just three minutes in when Roberts beat Coady to an overhead ball but unfortunately dragged his shot wide of the bottom left corner.

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Coady however added England’s second just minutes later after poking in from Kieran Trippier’s free-kick to the back-post following a foul by Ampadu on Jack Grealish.

Rabbi Matondo immediately went up the other end in an attempt to produce a response only for his hot to hit the right post and bounce away, just as the Schalke forward was deemed offside in the build-up to his shot.

Gareth Southgate soon rung the changes as Trippier and Gomez were replaced by Tyrone Mings and England debutant, Reece James whilst Mason Mount replaced Calvert-Lewin.

Wales soon responded by hauling off Ampadu and putting Will Vaulks on in his place just moments before England completed their victory.

An England corner was whipped in from the left by Phillips to Mings who headed across for Danny Ings to bicycle kick into the bottom right corner, earning the Southampton striker his first England goal.

Both teams then began scrapping for further goals as Grealish dragged his shot wide across goal in the 66th minute before Saka saw his effort just four minutes later punched clear by Hennessey.

Chris Gunter who had signed for Charlton earlier in the day then came on for Conor Roberts alongside Matthew Smith who replaced Jonny Williams in the 73rd minute.

Southgate responded by putting on Ainsley Maitland Niles, James Ward-Prowse plus Barnes on for Saka, Grealish and Harry Winks, with Niles making the biggest influence as he set up a 83rd minute shot from Ings which was saved by Hennessey.

Ward-Prowse eventually produced the final shot of the game for England as his long range strike was comfortably saved by Hennessey in the closing seconds.

England will now play Belgium in UEFA Nations League A on Sunday at Wembley (5:00pm BST), whilst Wales visit Republic of Ireland in Nations League B at Aviva Stadium, Dublin (2:00pm BST).

 

Teams

England: Nick Pope (GK), Kieran Trippier (James, 58), Joe Gomez (Mings, 58), Conor Coady, Michael Keane, Bukayo Saka (Maitland-Niles, 76), Harry Winks (Ward-Prowse), Kalvin Phillips, Jack Grealish (Barnes, 76), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Mount, 58) , Danny Ings

Subs: Tyrone Mings, Dean Henderson (GK), Reece James, James Ward-Prowse, Mason Mount, Harvey Barnes, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Marcus Rashford, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Maguire, Jordan Pickford (GK), Declan Rice

Wales: Wayne Hennessey, Connor Roberts (Gunter, 73), Joe Rodon (Cabango, 45), Chris Mepham, Ben Davies, Ethan Ampadu (Vaulks, 62), Joe Morrell (Levitt, 45), Jonny Williams (Smith, 73), Tyler Roberts., Rabbi Matondo, Kieffer Moore (N.Williams, 40)

Subs: Danny Ward (GK), Adam Davies (GK), Chris Gunter, Neco Williams, Ben Cabango, Dylan Levitt, Will Vaulks, Brennan Johnson, Rhys Norrington-Davies, Matthew Smith, Daniel James, Ben Woodburn

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