England slump to disappointing defeat

England’s 10 match unbeaten run ended in disappointment as Chile capitalised on some poor defending. After some early England pressure, Alexis Sanchez headed in from close range after just 7 minutes. This led to the positive atmosphere amongst the crowd that had been established in the matches against Poland and Montenegro had completely vanished, replaced by the tense silence that has plagued Wembley for years. England only really threatened from set pieces, as a deflected Lampard free kick was pushed over by the Chile ‘keeper. Phil Jones had a chance from a corner, and debutants Lallana and Rodriguez both had tame efforts straight at the ‘keeper. Chile almost had a second goal, but Wigan’s Jean Beausejour failed to capitalise on poor defensive positioning. Jack Wilshere hit a sweet volley from 20 yards but Bravo palmed it away from danger. The second half brought a raft of changes; however none of them really got a hold of the game. Lallana and Rooney had England’s best chances of the half, but Lallana’s shot was deflected wide and Rooney spooned his effort high and wide. Chile struck again as Gary Cahill gifted possession to Chile late on and Sanchez finished coolly past an exposed Fraser Forster. England’s midfield really failed to take the game to Chile, however this is maybe understandable with both Michael Carrick and Steven Gerrard injured.


Forster (6/10) Not an ideal start to his England career, but stood no chance for either of the goals. Didn’t have much to do but did look a little shaky.

Johnson (4/10) Same old story. Forgot that he’s a defender and offered little going forward. A liability waiting to happen.

Jones (6/10) Decent showing considering that this was his first cap at centre back. Had a chance to equalise in the first half and could realistically be first choice in Brazil.

Cahill (5/10) Looked off the pace and struggled without Jagielka next to him. His mistake led to Sanchez’s second goal. Didn’t help that Johnson left him exposed on a number of occasions.

Baines (6/10) Could have done better for the first goal. Produced some good deliveries but failed to recreate his club form.

Milner (6/10) Typical workmanlike performance as we come to expect. A willing runner but you can’t help thinking that his role in the team is to do Johnson’s defending for him.

Lampard (6/10) Fairly quiet game from the skipper. One deflected free kick but showed no real flair.

Wilshere (6/10) Committed performance and created a few chances. Looked one of few glimmers of hope in the first half.

Lallana (6/10) Good showing for his debut. Showed promise going forward and always looked to get on the ball.

Rodriguez (5/10) Maybe the call up came slightly too early for him. Had a quiet game before being taken off.

Rooney (5/10) Lots of running but produced very little up front. Looked frustrated at the level of service and pressing by his teammates.

Subs: Smalling (Jones – 57), Townsend (Rodriguez – 57), Defoe (Milner – 66), Henderson (Lampard – 71), Cleverley (Wilshere – 71), Barkley (Lallana – 77)


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