How England's new boys rated against Chile

Rodriguez and Lallana had a chance to shine. Photo: PA

Roy Hodgson doled out three new caps and took a look at another player with one previous appearance in Friday night's Wembley friendly defeat to Chile.

Here, Press Association Sport's Matt McGeehan assesses the contribution of England's new boys.


The giant Celtic goalkeeper was given his debut and a chance to pile pressure on Joe Hart. He was beaten seven minutes in through no fault of his own before saving well from Jean Beausejour soon afterwards as England's defence floundered. He was fortunate many of the further chances fell to Beausejour and not Alexis Sanchez, who added a late second.

  • Brazil bound? Probably. Will hope Celtic progress in Europe to give him a chance for top-level competition and to claim the number one jersey.


The 25-year-old Southampton forward was industrious. Deployed wide on the right, his best moments included a shot which was well saved after England fell behind and his worst a corner which went barely 10 yards into Chile possession. Replaced by Ross Barkley 13 minutes from time.

  • Brazil bound? Possibly. A few neat touches suggested he could be doing more than playing beach soccer on his holidays next summer.

:: JAY RODRIGUEZ The former Burnley striker, selected in Danny Welbeck's left-wing berth, was unable to scramble in an early James Milner cross which caused alarm in the Chile defence. Struggled to get into the game thereafter. Replaced after 57 minutes by Andros Townsend.

  • Brazil bound? On this evidence, Rodriguez's best hope of a caipirinha will be in Bournemouth, not Belo Horizonte.

:: ROSS BARKLEY Given 13 minutes to impress on a second appearance following his debut versus Moldova in September, the Everton midfielder made little impact. One strong dart into the box went unrewarded with a poor final ball.

  • Brazil bound? Will need another opportunity to show his potential after a short cameo.