Past meetings - England v Chile

Marcelo Salas struck twice for Chile in 1998. Photo: PA

England host Chile at Wembley on Friday night in friendly ahead of final preparations for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Here, we take a look back at some of the previous meetings between the Three Lions and the South American side.


The last match between the two sides was also a friendly at Wembley, where Michael Owen became the youngest player to represent the senior side aged 18 years and 59 days.

However, it was Chile frontman Marcelo Salas who grabbed the headlines with both goals - the first a sublime chest-and-volley from the edge of the box before he wrapped up victory from the penalty spot on 79 minutes.

Salas had been linked with a big-money move to Manchester United, but after scoring four times at the World Cup finals in France later that year, he joined Lazio for £12million.

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John Fashanu earned one of his two caps against Chile in 1989. Credit: PA


The first meeting between England and Chile came at the 1950 World Cup in Brazil

Walter Winterbottom England's were taking part in the tournament for the first time, as a dispute between the Football Association and FIFA over payments made to amateur players had seen a boycott of the previous three fledgling tournaments.

England made a positive start with victory over Chile at the Maracana through goals from Blackpool's Stan Mortensen and Middlesbrough forward Wilf Mannion.

However, a disastrous 1-0 defeat by the United States of America - a side made up mostly of part-timers - in Belo Horizonte where Stanley Matthews watched on from the stands after being left out of the team scuppered hopes of progress. Group winners Spain then beat Billy Wright's side to complete the Three Lions' miserable tournament which they had entered with high hopes following 23 wins from their post-war internationals.


The only thing memorable about the visit of Chile for the 1989 Rous Cup was the tube strike which meant only 15,628 fans turned up at Wembley - the fewest number at a full international in the national stadium.

Most who did make it would probably wish they had given the match a miss, with the South Americans taking every opportunity to deploy spoiling tactics and enter into theatrics at tackles.

Wimbledon striker John Fashanu made his debut, as did Nigel Clough of Nottingham Forest, but England found Chile goalkeeper Roberto Rojas in fine form as he produced some acrobatic saves to deny Paul Gascoigne, Chris Waddle and Tony Cottee on a night of frustration for the Three Lions.