Experimenting is a frustrating part of the game. England gave debuts to Southampton duo Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez and Celtic ‘keeper Fraser Forster in a bid to allow new players to try and impress as Brazil looms ever closer. Unfortunately, the trio failed to light up England’s performance as the visitors from South America Chile won 2-0 at Wembley in the first of two friendly’s in North London.
It only took the away side seven minutes to score the opening goal as Alexis Sanchez got ahead of Leighton Baines and headed the ball into the far corner, leaving Forster with the job of picking the ball out of the back of the England net at the first Chilean attempt on goal.
The Barcelona forward then scored his and Chile’s second of the match in injury time at the end of the second half with a delicate chip over Forster to wrap up the win for the South Americans.
Forster himself didn’t do too badly; he made a decent save against Wigan winger Bousenjour in the first half and cleaned up nicely at the back when required. However the other debutants, Lallana and Rodriguez, didn’t seem to get into the game and they disappointed in their first appearances for the Three Lions.
England did have some decent chances, especially in the first half but both Lallana and Wilshere’s shots were straight at Chilean goalkeeper Bravo. The closest England came to a goal was from a deflected 30 yard free kick from Captain Frank Lampard which Bravo tipped over the bar brilliantly.
Chile thoroughly deserved their win; England were disjointed and didn’t seem to play together as a team. The English defence was shaky from the start and it was highlighted in the opening goal. Leighton Baines allowed Alexis Sanchez half a yard which was enough for the in-form forward to pounce and capture his 21st goal for his country.
The Chileans also outclassed us when it came to keeping possession of the ball. The team were confident to pass the ball around (Barca esc) and for the opening three minutes of the game England failed to touch the ball. England’s passing however, seemed average and sometimes the players gave possession away cheaply with passes either too short or inaccurate.
Overall this was a learning curve for England. Chile were very good opponents for the youngsters to come up against. We have to be realistic. We aren’t going to win the World Cup next summer, we need to try and encourage our younger players to implement their position in the team and prepare for competitive cameos in Euro 2016 and the World cup 2018 in Russia.
Tuesday once again will prove a tough test for England as we welcome Germany to North London. Play like we did tonight and we may come away stuffed by the Germans, we can only improve after tonight and a fierce competitive friendly is sure to thrill us in 4 days time.