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Thursday, 2 June 2016
A Vauxhall European Championships warm-up Friendly Match

England 1 Portugal 0 [0-0]

The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 82,503;
Kick-off: 7.45pm BST
Live on ITV HD (UK) - Commentator: Clive Tyldesley and Glenn Hoddle

England - Chris Smalling (six-yard glancing header from a Sterling cross 86 85:25) Match Summary
England Squad
Portugal Squad
Results 2015-2020 England - Gary Cahill (43 42:51)
Portugal - Danilo (76 75:36)
Red Card: Portugal - Bruno Alves (35 34:46)

Portugal kicked-off. 94 minutes (45:59 & 48:00).


Match Summary

Officials from Italy




Referee (sky blue) - Marco Guida
  34 (7 June 1981), Pompeii, FIFA-listed 2014.

Assistant Referees - Alessandro Costanzo and Matteo Passeri

Fourth official - Davide Massa, 34 (15 July 1981), Imperia, FIFA-listed 2014
Guida replaced original choice referee, Daniele Orsato, on 26 May.

8 Goal Attempts 7
4 Attempts on Target 0
  Hit Bar/Post  
2 Corner Kicks Won 2
  Offside Calls Against  
15 Fouls Conceded 9
60% Possession 40%

England Team



FIFA (2 June 2016) 11th
EFO ranking Group 4
ELO rating 8th to 7th
Colours: The Nike 2016 home uniform - White v-necked jerseys with light blue sleeves and ice blue collared trim/side stripe and white cuffs, white shorts with ice blue side trim, red socks.
Capt: Wayne Rooney, sixteenth captaincy
Gary Cahill, 78th min.
Manager: Roy Hodgson, 68 (9 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
52nd match, W 32 - D 13 - L 7 - F 105 - A 40.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 29 19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 59 40 GA
2 Walker, Kyle A. 26 28 May 1990 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 16 0
3 Rose, Daniel L. 25 2 July 1990 LB Tottenham Hotspur FC 4 0
4 Milner, James P., off 66th min. 30 4 January 1986 RM Liverpool FC 60 1
5 Cahill, Gary J. 30 19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 43 3
Cahill cautioned in the 43rd min. for Unsporting Behaviour, for a foul in the middle of the Portugal half on Nani, taking away his legs from behind.
6 Smalling, Christopher L. 26 22 November 1989 CD Manchester United FC 25 1
17 Dier, Eric J.E. 22 15 January 1994 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 7 1
20 Alli, Bamidele J., off 90th min. 20 11 April 1996 LM Tottenham Hotspur FC 8 1
9 Kane, Harry E., off 78th min. 22 28 July 1993 RF Tottenham Hotspur FC 12 5
10 Rooney, Wayne M., off 78th min. 30 24 October 1985 AM Manchester United FC 111 52
11 Vardy, Jamie R., off 66th min. 29 11 January 1987 LF Leicester City FC 8 3
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 0 Portugal 0
7 Sterling, Raheem S., on 66th min. (65:25) for Vardy 21 8 December 1994
born in Jamaica
LF Manchester City FC 23 2
18 Wilshere, Jack A.G., on 66th min. (65:40) for Milner 24 1 January 1992 DM Arsenal FC 31 2
15 Sturridge, Daniel A., on 78th min. (77:01) for Kane 26 1 September 1989 F Liverpool FC 18 5
8 Lallana, Adam D., on 78th min. (77:36) for Rooney 28 10 May 1988 AM Liverpool FC 23 0
scoreline: England 1 Portugal 0
14 Henderson, Jordan B., on 90th min. (89:55) for Alli 25 17 June 1990 RM Liverpool FC 26 0
result: England 1 Portugal 0

unused substitutes:

12-Nathaniel Clyne, 13-Fraser Forster, 16-John Stones, 19-Ross Barkley, 22-Marcus Rashford, 23-Tom Heaton.

team notes:

Coach Roy Hodgson was in charge of Switzerland against Portugal in the 1992-93 World Cup qualification campaign (1-1 & 0-1). He was also in charge of Finland for the 2006-07 European Championship qualification campaign (1-1 & 0-1).
4-4(1-2-1)-2 Hart -
Walker, Cahill, Smalling, Rose -
Dier -
(Wilshere), Alli (Henderson) -
(Lallana) -
(Sturridge), Vardy (Sterling)

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.3 Appearances/Goals 32.1 6.0


Portugal Team



FIFA (2 June 2016) 8th
EFO ranking
Group 4

ELO rating 12th to 13th
Colours: Made by Nike - Red v-necked jerseys with darker red sleeves and green sides and trim on collar, red shorts with green trim, green socks.
Capt: Nani,
Ricardo Carvalho, 61st min.
Ricardo Quaresma, 89th min.
Manager: Fernando Manuel Fernades da Costa Santos, 61 (10 October 1954), appointed 23 September 2014.
18th match, W 12 - D 0 - L 6 - F x - A x.
Portugal Lineup
1 dos Santos Patrício, Rui P. 28 15 February 1988 G Sporting Clube de Portugal 44 0
2 Regufe Alves, Bruno E. 34 27 November 1981 CD Fenerbahçe SK, Turkey 85 10
Bruno Alves was sent off in the 35th min. for Dangerous Play. He went for a ball with Harry Kane, his high foot connecting with Kane's head (34:24).
19 Pereira dos Santos, Eliseu 32 1 October 1983 LB Sport Lisboa e Benfica 16 1
13 Hélio Pereira, Danilo L. 24 9 September 1991
born in Guinea-Bissau
CM FC do Porto 11 0
Danilo cautioned in the 76th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a late foul on Wayne Rooney in the Portugal half.
17 Nani, off 60th min. 29 17 November 1986
born in Cape Verde
RF Fenerbahçe SK, Turkey 95 18
6 Silveira de Carvalho, Ricardo A., off 90th min. 38 18 May 1978 CD AS de Monaco FC, France 85 5
23 Perruchet Silva, Adrien S., off 72nd min. 27 15 March 1989 LM Sporting Clube de Portugal 9 0
8 Santos Moutinho, João F.I., off 73rd. min. 29 8 September 1986 CM AS de Monaco FC, France 83 4
18 Rafa Silva, off 38th min. 23 17 May 1993 LF SC de Braga 7 0
10 Naval da Costa Eduardo, João Mário, off 46th min. 23 19 January 1993 RM Sporting Clube de Portugal 10 0
11 Vieirinha 24 24 January 1986 RB VfL Wolfsburg eV, Germany 21 1
Portugal Substitutes
scoreline: England 0 Portugal 0
4 da Rocha Fonte, José M., on 38th min. (37:33) for Rafa Silva 32 22 December 1983 CD Southampton FC, England 11 0
15 Tavares Gomes, André F., on 46th min. for João Mário 22 30 July 1993 CM Valencia CF, Spain 7 0
20 Quaresma Bernardo, Ricardo A., on 61st min. (60:26) for Nani 32 26 September 1983 F Besiktas, Turkey 49 5
16 Luz Sanches, Renato Junior, on 72nd min. (71:44) for Adrien Silva 18 18 August 1997
born in France
M Sport Lisboa e Benfica 4 0
14 Silva de Carvalho, William, on 73rd min. (72:07) for Joao Moutinho 24 7 April 1992
born in Angola
DM Sporting Clube de Portugal 19 0
scoreline: England 1 Portugal 0
9 Éder, on 90th min. (89:32) for Ricardo Carvalho 28 22 December 1987
born in Guinea-Bissau
F Lille Olympique SC, France, on loan from Swansea City FC, Wales 25 2
result: England 1 Portugal 0

unused substitutes:

5-Raphaël Guerreiro, 12-Anthony Lopes, 21-Cédric, 22-Eduardo.

team notes:

The sending off of Bruno Alves after 35 minutes is the nineteenth expulsion against England, and the first opposition player to do so at the newly built stadium (the last being in 1998, also against Portugal). His expulsion also equals the earliest sending-off after kick-off, equalling that of Argentina's Antonio Rattin almost fifty years previously.
4-4-2 Patrício -
Vieirinha, Alves,
R.Carvalho (Éder), Eliseu -
João Mário (Andre Gomes), João Moutinho (W.Carvalho), Danilo, A.Silva (Renato Sanches) -
(Quaresma), R.Silva (José Fonte)
notes: José Fonte replaced Rafa Silva to fill the central defence gap, Portugal then playing with one up front, following their sending-off.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 28.3 Appearances/Goals 42.4 3.5


    Match Report by Mike Payne

Rarely have I written so few notes for an England international football match, as I did for this dreary encounter with a Portugal side without Cristiano Ronaldo.  In the words of Eric, it was Dier!

The first ten minutes were devoid of any attacks as both sides seemed content to just keep possession and pass back and sideways, with hardly anything going forward.  On 11 minutes Kyle Walker intercepted a long pass and fed Harry Kane down the right.  He crossed into the middle but Wayne Rooney was annoyingly caught offside.  After 15 minutes play, still nothing was happening although there were signs of a quickening of the tempo.  Portugal's captain Ricardo Carvalho tried to wind up Deli Alli, and almost succeeded as the Tottenham player almost took the bait with a petulant reaction, something he will need to watch after the Euro's start.

The next 'highlight' was a dreadful pass by James Milner which gave Nani a clear run at goal.  Luckily for Milner, Nani's shooting was as bad as the rest of the half with the kick more suited to Twickenham!  It was pretty obvious by now that both sides were playing a similar game and cancelling each other out.  Rooney did finally put a header on target but it was easily saved by Rui Patricio, and then Kane and Walker combined to win a corner, oh joy!  Kane made a complete hash of the kick though.

Just after the half hour Kane's cross was good but there was nobody on the end of it, then the best move so far saw Walker's excellent shot well saved by the keeper.  At the other end Adrien Silva headed wide and still, the crowd was craving for something to happen.  On 35 minutes it did, but not as they expected.  Bruno Alves went out to the right as Kane looked to receive the ball.  The defender's challenge was dreadful, and nearly took Kane's head off!  The referee had no hesitation in producing a red card, and to be honest he had no choice.  Funnily enough, when Kane realised his head was still on his shoulders, he got up and began to chase the ball again, but by then it was too late for Alves.

All the pre-match planning of Roy Hodgson was completely ruined by the sending off, and all that was left for England was to try and go on to win the game.  Four minutes later and we were treated to a good England move involving Jamie Vardy, Rooney and Kane, with the latter's shot easily saved.  The passes forward were never good enough from England, often over-hit or under-hit, and Vardy must have been very frustrated by the 'service' he didn't receive.  Gary Cahill was booked for a foul on Nani, and that was it for a first-half where neither side wanted to take the game by the scruff of the neck.  The only incident of note was the sending off.

After the break, with Portugal down to ten men, it was pretty clear that the visitors had no intention of losing by forming two banks of four and challenging England to break them down.  Sadly, England struggled with that task, and a shot by Dier and a free-kick from Kane that was cleared was the most they could muster with 63 minutes on the clock.  You always know when play on the field is poor because that is when the Mexican Wave starts!

Roy Hodgson then brought on Raheem Sterling and Jack Wilshere for Vardy and Milner and at last there were signs that England might go forward a bit more often.  More substitutions from both sides as Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana came on for Kane and Rooney and on 81 minutes a snapshot from Sturridge went wide.  There was a warning for England as a rare breakaway saw Portugal's Ricardo Quaresma curl a shot only just wide of the far post.

Finally, on 86 minutes, the crowd were finally put out of their misery.  The ball went wide left to Sterling and for once the winger centred quickly and accurately, and there was Chris Smalling to glance home an excellent header, much to the visitor's annoyance.  England's defence had no other alarms, not surprisingly, and they continued their 100% record in these three pre-tournament matches.  However, what Hodgson gained from this match will take some understanding.  No matter, there will be people up and down the country who came to Wembley for this match and they will be able to say, "I was there!"

England did win though and I'm sure all the fans will join me in wishing the team the very best of luck in France.  Come on the Whites, do us proud!

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor