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KICK-OFF at 18:45 (GMT) on 13th October 2023
The referee for this match is S. Frappart
Game played at Wembley Stadium
This is a match in World – Friendlies, Season 2023
England vs Australia Full Match Reports
England maintained their undefeated streak with an 11th consecutive victory, edging past Australia 1-0 in an international friendly at Wembley Stadium.
Gareth Southgate had one, if not both, eyes on the crucial UEFA Euro 2024 qualifier against Italy scheduled for Tuesday, as indicated by his starting lineup for this encounter. It’s arguable that none of the starting eleven will feature in the clash against Italy, with only captain Jordan Henderson and Jack Grealish having substantial experience with the Three Lions. Nevertheless, the lineup featured 10 Premier League players alongside the UEFA Champions League-winning skipper Henderson. Despite this, Southgate may have been dissatisfied with his team’s performance in the first half.
Ollie Watkins had the best opportunity of the opening period when he hit the post after getting past Mat Ryan, but the Socceroos were by far the more menacing side before the break. Sam Johnstone needed to be sharp to prevent Keanu Baccus’ deflected shot from finding the corner of the net, while Mitchell Duke narrowly missed a volley. The visitors appeared particularly threatening from corner kicks, with Harry Souttar and Kye Rowles coming close. However, their best chance came from a swift counterattack that concluded with Lewis Dunk clearing Ryan Strain’s shot off the goal line.
The current England manager is frequently criticized for adhering to tried and true methods, but this match presented a genuine opportunity for some of the peripheral players to assert their claim for regular national team call-ups. After halftime, the hosts exhibited far more vitality, effectively neutralizing Australia’s attacks while gaining greater control of the match. Ultimately, they only needed to wait for 12 minutes into the second half to break the deadlock. Ollie Watkins tapped in Jack Grealish’s cross at the back post.
As the game passed the one-hour mark, Southgate made substitutions that disrupted the momentum his team had been building. Australia, seeking to face top national teams regularly after their run to the Round of 16 in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, offered little in the second half. However, they came agonizingly close to an equalizer when Connor Metcalfe headed Martin Boyle’s corner off the post. Despite their winless run in their last four matches, Graham Arnold’s squad displayed positive performances against Argentina (2-0) and Mexico (2-2). Meanwhile, England will swiftly shift their focus from this victory and begin preparations for a crucial game that could secure their qualification for next summer’s continental showcase in Germany.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was named the Man of the Match.