England cruised to a comfortable victory over the Republic of Ireland on Thursday night as a much-changed Gareth Southgate side came out on top in an international friendly at Wembley. Harry Maguire, Jadon Sancho and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all found the net for the Three Lions.
Maguire led from the front as England coasted to a routine victory. The stand-in skipper showed last month’s red card nightmare against Denmark was behind him with a powerful header to open the scoring.
Sancho and Calvert-Lewin added two more as Southgate’s men strolled against Stephen Kenny’s Ireland side.
Maguire is suspended for Sunday’s trip to Belgium as England resume competitive action in their Nations League group.
But victory in his friendly, the first time England have beaten Ireland since 1985, ensures he will hand the captain’s armband back to Harry Kane in good shape.
The match saw a debut outing to second-half substitute Jude Bellingham, at 17 years 137 days, the third youngest player ever to play for England.
But how did they rate individually? Express Sport analyses the performances of the players.
England player ratings vs Ireland
Nick Pope – 6
Retained clean sheet record on third start and cleared lines well, subbed at half time.
Michael Keane – 6
Turned by Idah early on and distribution loose on occasions but otherwise retained composure
Harry Maguire – 7
Led from front and swept up at the back, headed in the opener and a constant danger from set-pieces.
Tyrone Mings – 7
Solid on left of defence and showed promise joining attacks, shot wide and lovely backheel for Saka.
Reece James – 7
Some well-timed challenges and and a willing outlet on the right flank throughout.
Harry Winks – 6
Assisted Maguire’s opener with lofted cross and mopped up well in unfussy style.
Mason Mount – 6
Decent outing in deeper quarterback role and some excellent delivery from corners.
Bukayo Saka – 6
Struggled to get a foothold first half but improved for a more direct approach second half including to win penalty.
Jadon Sancho – 5
Smart low finish after brief switch to left to double lead but otherwise overshadowed.
Jack Grealish – 7
Embellished reputation with excellent display, invention throughout and constantly clever disguise on passes.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 6
Ran some nice lines but few clear sights of goal until despatching his penalty confidently.
Dean Henderson (on for Pope, min 45) – 5
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (on for Mings, min 61) – 5
Phil Foden (on for Grealish, min 61) – 5
Tammy Abraham (on for Abraham, min 63) – 5
Jude Bellingham (on for Mount, min 73) – 5
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