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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
Kick-off (BST): 7.45pm

Attendance: 82,503

94 minutes 45:59 & 47:57 Rafa Silva kicked-off
[1-0] Chris Smalling header 86 85:25
 6-yard glancing header into bottom right corner from a Raheem Sterling right-footed cross
Gary Cahill 43 42:51  
Expulsion: Bruno Alves 35 34:46
  Danilo 76 75:36
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Glenn Hoddle

Match Summary

Officials from Italy England Squad


Portugal Squad
Referee (sky blue) - Marco Guida
  34 (7 June 1981), Pompeii, FIFA-listed 2014.
Guida replaced original choice referee, Daniele Orsato, on 26 May.

Assistant Referees - Alessandro Costanzo and Matteo Passeri
Fourth official - Davide Massa, 34 (15 July 1981), Imperia, FIFA-listed 2014

8 Goal Attempts 7
4 Attempts on Target 0
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
2 Corner Kicks Won 2
6 Offside Calls Against 1
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
(16th (22) captaincy (13))
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
44 days
19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 59 40ᵍᵃ
2 Walker, Kyle A. 26
5 days
28 May 1990 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 16 0
3 Rose, Daniel L. 25
345 days
2 July 1990 LB Tottenham Hotspur FC 4 0
17 Dier, Eric J.E. 22
139 days
15 January 1994 DM Tottenham Hotspur FC 7 1
5 Cahill, Gary J. 30
166 days
19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC
43rd minute for a foul in the middle of the Portugal half on Nani  from behind.
6 Smalling, Christopher L. 26
193 days
22 November 1989 CD Manchester United FC 25 1
England's last 3 goals have been scored by 3 different United players
4 Milner, James P., off 66th min. 30
150 days
4 January 1986 RM Liverpool FC 60 1
the 38th player to reach this milestone
10 Rooney, Wayne M., off 78th min. 30
222 days
24 October 1985 AM Manchester United FC 111 51
most gls
20 Alli, Bamidele J., off 90th min. 20
52 days
11 April 1996 LM Tottenham Hotspur FC 8 1
9 Kane, Harry E., off 78th min. 22
310 days
28 July 1993 RF Tottenham Hotspur FC 12 5
11 Vardy, Jamie R., off 66th min. 29
143 days
11 January 1987 LF Leicester City FC 8 3
England Substitutes
Sterling, Raheem S., on 66th min. (65:25) for Vardy 21
177 days
8 December 1994
in Kingston, Jamaica
LF Manchester City FC 23 17 2
18 Wilshere, Jack A.G., on 66th min. (65:40) for Milner 24
154 days
1 January 1992 DM Arsenal FC 31 22 2
15 Sturridge, Daniel A., on 78th min. (77:01) for Kane 26
275 days
1 September 1989 RF Liverpool FC 18 12 5
8 Lallana, Adam D., on 78th min. (77:36) for Rooney 28
23 days
10 May 1988 AM Liverpool FC 23 14 0
scoreline: England 1 Portugal 0
14 Henderson, Jordan B., on 90th min. (89:55) for Alli 25
351 days
17 June 1990 RM Liverpool FC 26 17 1
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: This is England's first victory over Portugal since April 1998, in five attempts
Stadium records: Roy Hodgson has taken charge of his 22nd England home match at The National Stadium, beating the previous record held by Fabio Capello.
Manager 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 years 178 days 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
108 days
15 February 1988 G Sporting Clube de Portugal 44 0
2 Regufe Alves, Bruno E. 34
188 days
27 November 1981 CD Fenerbahçe SK, Turkey
19th expulsion vs. England
35th minute after his high foot connecting with Harry Kane's head (34:24).
19 Pereira dos Santos, Eliseu 32
245 days
1 October 1983 LB Sport Lisboa e Benfica 16 1
13 Hélio Pereira, Danilo L. 24
267 days
9 September 1991
in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
CM FC do Porto 11 0
76th minute for a late challenge and foul on Wayne Rooney in the Portugal half.
17 Nani, off 60th min. 29
198 days
17 November 1986
in Praia, Cape Verde
RF Fenerbahçe SK, Turkey 95 18
6 Silveira de Carvalho, Ricardo A., off 90th min. 38
15 days
18 May 1978 CD AS de Monaco FC, France 85 5
23 Perruchet Silva, Adrien S., off 72nd min. 27
79 days
15 March 1989 LM Sporting Clube de Portugal 9 0
8 Santos Moutinho, João F.I., off 73rd. min. 29
268 days
8 September 1986 CM AS de Monaco FC, France 83 4
18 Rafa Silva, off 38th min. 23
19 days
17 May 1993 LF SC de Braga 7 0
10 Naval da Costa Eduardo, João Mário, off 46th min. 23
135 days
19 January 1993 RM Sporting Clube de Portugal 10 0
11 Vieirinha 24
130 days
24 January 1986 RB VfL Wolfsburg, Germany 21 1
Portugal Substitutes
4 da Rocha Fonte, José M., on 38th min. (37:33) for Rafa Silva 32
163 days
22 December 1983 CD Southampton FC, England 11 0
15 Tavares Gomes, André F., on 46th min. for João Mário 22
308 days
30 July 1993 CM Valencia CF, Spain 7 0
20 Quaresma Bernardo, Ricardo A., on 61st min. (60:26) for Nani 32
250 days
26 September 1983 F Besiktas, Turkey 49 5
16 Luz Sanches, Renato Junior, on 72nd min. (71:44) for Adrien Silva 18
289 days
18 August 1997 M Sport Lisboa e Benfica 4 0
14 Silva de Carvalho, William, on 73rd min. (72:07) for Joao Moutinho 24
56 days
7 April 1992
in Luanda, Angola
DM Sporting Clube de Portugal 19 0
scoreline: England 1 Portugal 0
9 Éder, on 90th min. (89:32) for Ricardo Carvalho 28
163 days
22 December 1987
in Bissau, 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 is 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 29 years 86 days 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