England v Chile - LIVE! - Live coverage - The Independent

England v Chile - LIVE!


By Jack de Menezes
by Jack de Menezes on Nov 15, 2013 at 6:19 PM
Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of tonight's international friendly between England and Chile, brought to you as it happens from Wembley Stadium.

Follow all the latest news and updates below...
  • Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of tonight's international friendly between England and Chile, brought to you as it happens from Wembley Stadium.
    11/15/2013 6:13:56 PM
  • 11/15/2013 6:17:21 PM
  • 11/15/2013 6:19:00 PM
  • Roy Hodgson made it clear that Ashley Cole is by no means the number one choice left-back after years of dominance:
    Cole will win his 106th cap if he plays some part against Chile at Wembley, but he was described by the England manager only as a "potential" left-back, having missed the two final World Cup qualifiers last month through injury. Baines took his place for those games against Montenegro and Poland, and Hodgson said that he had not decided which of the pair would play in the game and which would feature on Tuesday against Germany.
    To read more of what Roy Hodgson had to say, CLICK HERE.
    11/15/2013 6:29:49 PM
  • Wayne Rooney has made it clear what his target is - World Cup victory:
    "We want to try and do what no team has done since 1966 and win a major trophy. It's been a good campaign, the aim was to finish top of the group and that's what we done. We played some good football in some of the games and we dug in in others. Overall we are pleased with the way it went."

    To read more of what the influential striker had to say, CLICK HERE.
    11/15/2013 6:33:49 PM
  • Frank Lampard will skipper the side tonight in Steven Gerrard's absence, and he'll be presented with a commemorative golden cap before kick-off by his father and 1966 winner Sir Geoff Hurst:
    Frank Lampard is in the gold watch, or more accurately cap, stage of his long career. The 35-year-old's legs are going but there is, he believes, just enough left in the pistons to get him across the line in Brazil. Against Chile he is honoured with the captaincy to mark his entry three matches ago into England's elite 100 club, as well as the presentation by World Cup-winner Sir Geoff Hurst of a golden lid.
    To read more of Kevin Garside's analysis of the midfielder, CLICK HERE.
    11/15/2013 6:40:28 PM
  • Here comes the team news...
    11/15/2013 6:48:49 PM
  • Line-ups:
    England: Forster, Johnson, Cahill, Jones, Baines, Milner, Wilshere, Lampard (c), Lallana, Rooney, Rodriguez. 
    Subs: Smalling, Ruddy, Cole, Gibbs, Jagielka, Barkley, Cleverley, Henderson, Townsend, Defoe, Hart.
    Chile: Bravo; Isla, Medel, M. González, Mena; Díaz, Aránguiz, Fernández; Sánchez, Vargas y Beausejour.
    Subs: Silva, Carmona, Gutierrez, Valdiva, Toselli, Rojas, Munoz, Jara, Fernandes, Fuenzalida, Herrera.
    11/15/2013 6:57:08 PM
  • The goalkeepers are out early to warm-up, with Fraser Forster getting the nod over John Ruddy after Roy Hodgson confirmed Joe Hart wouldn't start that match. Do you agree with that?
    11/15/2013 7:02:21 PM
  • Jack Wilshere, Frank Lampard and James Milner will start together in midfield. Is that a trio that will threaten the world's best? Let's start with troubling Chile first.
    11/15/2013 7:05:49 PM
  • The FA have posted a picture of a rather happy England team:

    11/15/2013 7:09:16 PM
  • Here's that Chile line-up: Bravo; Isla, Medel, M. González, Mena; Díaz, Aránguiz, Fernández; Sánchez, Vargas y Beausejour
    11/15/2013 7:14:03 PM
  • Somewhat under the radar, Glen Johnson returns to the starting line-up for the first time since the international friendly against Scotland in August. Kyle Walker may have stolen a march on his rival, but with the Spurs ace ruled out through injury, it's the Liverpool man that gets his chance to impress tonight.
    11/15/2013 7:20:52 PM
  • England get the normal cheery reception as they jog out, but it's Chile's entrance that gets the crowd stirring, with a good contingent of fans in the West Stand who have already unveiled a large banner to show their support.
    11/15/2013 7:25:18 PM
  • Fresh from his impressive display in marking Arsenal's Mesut Ozil out of the game last Sunday, Manchester United defender Phil Jones starts at centre-back alongside regular Gary Cahill. Jones appears to be hitting form at the right time, but can he push either Cahill or Phil Jagielka out of the first team?
    11/15/2013 7:27:43 PM
  • We get our first run through the teams via the stadium announcer, and funnily enough it's Andros Townsend who gets the biggest cheer of the England players, despite starting the game on the bench. It seems the 'Goldenboy' mantle has quickly left Jack Wilshere in search of pastures new.
    11/15/2013 7:35:09 PM
  • Wherever you're watching tonight, I hope you're settled in for what should be an entertaining game. Roy Hodgson has already admitted that he is prepared to sacrifice England's unbeaten run in order to give a few squad players a run-out. Despite the warm atmosphere so far, it's absolutely freezing at Wembley tonight, which means we'll have to keep an eye-out for any unwanted 'snoods'. My money is on Alexis Sanchez...
    11/15/2013 7:37:35 PM
  • Let's see if you're confident of a good result tonight...


    11/15/2013 7:42:43 PM
  • And we've just had a complete bongo failure. The hugely annoying Wembley 'Bongo cam' kicked in, but without any music. It's fair to say the fans were not impressed.
    11/15/2013 7:44:15 PM
  • A huge roar comes from the ever increasing Chile section, although the England fans soon burst into song - albeit a rather quiet one. it's fair to say we wont be near capacity tonight I'm afraid.
    11/15/2013 7:48:21 PM
  • A lot of love for the Southampton duo tonight. Maybe a bit too much from Dylan, mind...


    11/15/2013 7:50:52 PM
  • Our observant chief football writer Sam Wallace is at Wembley tonight as well...

    11/15/2013 7:52:08 PM
  • Oh well, enough criticisms, here come the teams! We'll prepare for the national anthems, but first a rather special moment for Frank Lampard as he joins his father Frank Lampard Senior, Sir Geoff Hurst and his two daughters pitchside to receive a commemorative golden cap for his 100 appearances.
    11/15/2013 7:54:36 PM
  • Moments away from kick-off, Sanchez's name starts raptures in the Chile end, here we go...
    11/15/2013 8:00:04 PM
  • 1 mins: The match is underway!
    11/15/2013 8:00:32 PM
  • 2 mins: Chile enjoying near enough 100% of the possession early on, with England keeping their shape well. They've won the ball though...but Milner gets crowded out as he approaches the box. Lampard's fouled and it's a free-kick early on.
    11/15/2013 8:02:18 PM
  • 3 mins: What a chance! Lampard sends in the free-kick, and it's Jones who rises brilliantly to meet it. Goalkeeper Bravo saves well (slightly dramatically) to his right, and pushes it over for a corner. that's got the crowd going, but the corner comes to nothing.
    11/15/2013 8:04:01 PM
  • 4 mins: First international touch for Forster, and his clearance sets Rodriguez away down the right. Cross comes in and it's a dangerous one, but neither Rooney nor Milner can get a crucial touch on it to deflect it into the goal. Good signs though.
    11/15/2013 8:05:57 PM
  • 7 mins: GOAL FOR CHILE!
    11/15/2013 8:06:53 PM
  • 7 mins: It's a shambles at the back for England. Isla plays in Vargas who springs the offside trap brilliantly. His lay-off to Fernandez is initially blocked by jones, but the ball is worked back in, and Beausejour crosses for Sanchez to powerfully head in from close range. Not the start Forster will have wanted, but Baines did little to compete for the header.
    11/15/2013 8:09:25 PM
  • 10 mins: England quickly attack from the kick-off, and Rooney has a chance from just inside the area. Bravo saves well, although he takes two attempts to take it.
    11/15/2013 8:11:54 PM
  • 14 mins: Jones sells Milner short in the middle, and Chile attack quickly, with Vargas feeding Beausejour on the left. The Wigan man looks up, but shoots straight at Forster. He parries it out back into the middle, but it's swept up and cleared to safety.
    11/15/2013 8:14:32 PM
  • 15 mins: More problems for England, as Lampard takes a short corner straight to the opposition, much to the bemusement of the home fans. He then gives away a free-kick which Isla sends into the box, but referee Meyer gives a free-kick to England before the ball's even arrived.
    11/15/2013 8:16:18 PM
  • 18 mins: Chile just look to have the edge in the middle of the park at the moment, with England clearly lacking pace in the midfield. Both Sanchez and Beausejour look dangerous so far.
    11/15/2013 8:18:25 PM
  • 19 mins: Wilshere makes his first meaningful run from deep, and Beausejour quickly hacks him down from behind. Yellow card for the winger, and he'll have to be careful from now on. Lampard is lining this one up...
    11/15/2013 8:19:25 PM
  • 20 mins: And it's a cracking effort, which deflects off Gonzalez and forces Bravo into a very good save again. With a surname like that, the Chilean keeper is living up to his billing.
    11/15/2013 8:20:47 PM
  • 22 mins: Rodriguez breaks down the left, and despite Lampard claiming a hand-ball shout, the referee allows the advantage. Neat passing between Milner, Rooney and Lampard sees the Manchester City man hit a deflected shot that loops over Bravo, but onto the roof of the net.
    11/15/2013 8:22:41 PM
  • 11/15/2013 8:24:00 PM
  • 23 mins: Rooney looks to take on the defence as he charges forward. He's dispossessed, but the ball falls kindly for Wilshere who cuts across it from long range with a powerful effort. Bravo chooses to punch it clear, and he gets a lot behind it to clear the danger.
    11/15/2013 8:24:55 PM
  • 26 mins: There's a rather rotund England fan singing his lungs out without a t-shirt on just to my right. Give him credit, but I can't see him lasting until full-time.
    11/15/2013 8:26:55 PM
  • 28 mins: England appear to be growing in confidence, and Lallana shows a nice touch to wriggle clear of Gonzalez, but he's pulled back for a high foot. Better from the hosts though.
    11/15/2013 8:28:37 PM
  • 31 mins: Beautiful play from from the Chilean front three, as Sanchez eases Aranguiz's ball through to the rushing Beausejour. Forster is out quickly though, and the chance is eventually lost as the England defence regroups, with Jones blocking Sanchez's shot.
    11/15/2013 8:32:57 PM
  • 34 mins: Forster clears to Wilshere, whose nice touch sees him get hacked down as he spins by Medel. He remains on the floor holding his right leg, but he's back up soon enough. It's causing him some bother though.
    11/15/2013 8:35:24 PM
  • 36 mins: Wilshere loses the ball in the Chile half, and Sanchez gets a chance to run at the England back four. His options soon run out though and he's quickly dispossessed. looks a clear threat though, and England are struggling to pick him up.
    11/15/2013 8:36:41 PM
  • 38 mins: Wilshere is growing into the game by the minute, and he wins a corner when he tries to cut in from the left. Jones gets onto the end of Lampard's ball once again, but it slips wide of the far post.
    11/15/2013 8:38:53 PM
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