England 3-0 Wales: Calvert-Lewin marks debut with goal as England dominate Wales

Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Conor Coady and Danny Ings score as England put in a commanding display at Wembley on Thursday night that extends their unbeaten run against Wales to six games.

Ings scored the goal of the evening with an agile bicycle kick after Calvert-Lewin opened his England account on his international debut and Coady netted his first goal from open play since August 2016.

Jack Grealish followed up his inspired display against Liverpool with another positive performance that certainly leaves Gareth Southgate with a decision to make ahead of the UEFA Nations League clash against Belgium on Sunday.

Southgate fielded a relatively young side, with only a combined 54 England appearances amongst the starting eleven.

Despite the inexperience, England were the brighter team from the start, the first moment of creativity came from Danny Ings, who smartly split the two Wales centre-halves with a ball through to his strike-partner Dominic Calvert-Lewin. 

The Everton striker managed to round the onrushing Wales goalkeeper but was unable to cut the ball back to a teammate.

Wales responded with an encouraging spell of possession that saw them threaten the England box numerous times. 

Their first real chance came after a long ball clipped into the box was headed down to the foot of Kieffer Moore, but his half volley flashed wide.

Five minutes later, England found themselves ahead. 

Jack Grealish picked the ball up on the right-wing and after freeing up space on his right foot, delivered a perfect cross in the direction of Calvert-Lewin. 

The striker, who has been in great form for most of 2020, beat both Welsh centre-halves in the air and directed his header past Wayne Hennessey.

Calvert-Lewin heads past Hennessey to put England in front Photo: @England via Twitter

England were hunting for a second and nearly had one but Conor Coady fired a shot over the bar from 12 yards out after getting on the end of a cross from his defensive partner Michael Keane.

Wales’ hopes of an equaliser were dealt a blow after Moore had to be replaced by Liverpool youngster Neco Williams following a collision with England goalkeeper Nick Pope. 

Just before the end of the first half Wales had a second bite at the apple but again were unable to convert. 

Tyler Roberts, who had been pushed into the centre forward position following Moore’s injury, was unable to direct his header on goal after a teasing cross by Williams.

England doubled their lead 8 minutes into the second half after Conor Coady got on the end of a Kieran Trippier free-kick. 

The Wolves defender, making his second-ever England start, ran unmarked toward the back post and was able to direct the teasing cross into the bottom left corner.

Conor Coady celebrates putting England up 2-0 Photo: @England via Twitter

Not long after, England were three goals up thanks to Danny Ings. 

A Reece James corner towards the back post was headed back across goal by Tyrone Mings and the Southampton striker found enough space to successfully attempt a bicycle kick from 8 yards out.

Wayne Hennessey managed to keep the scoreline somewhat respectable by producing a handful of good saves. 

The first came from a deflected Bukayo Saka shot, and the second was off of a shot from Danny Ings that appeared to be nestling in the top corner. 

The final save came seconds from full-time when James Ward-Prowse directed a shot at goal from just outside the penalty area.

The victory should provide England with all the confidence they need heading into their UEFA Nations League fixtures against Belgium and Denmark.

The Starting XI for England, from left to right top to bottom: Keane, Gomez, Coady, Pope, Calvert-Lewin, Phillips, Saka, Winks, Tierney, Ings, Grealish. Photo: @England via Twitter
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