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England 0-2 Chile, Scotland 0-0 United States

Updated: Friday, 15 Nov 2013 22:11 | Comments

Felipe Gutierrez evades James Milner and Frank Lampard
Felipe Gutierrez evades James Milner and Frank Lampard

England were given a big wake-up call at Wembley as Chile totally outclassed Roy Hodgson's men, who were booed off the pitch after flopping 0-2 to their first defeat of 2013.

Alexis Sanchez maintained the visitors' excellent record against the Three Lions, scoring six minutes into the first half, and the Barcelona striker repeated the heroics of Chile icon Marcelo Salas by sealing the win at the end.

Indeed, had they taken their chances, this could have been a real goal glut for the Chileans, who passed the ball with finesse and never looked troubled on the ball.

England made their task easy. The simple things seemed to evade the home side throughout the night.

Sanchez, Eduardo Vargas and Jean Beausejour - a man who struggles to get into the Wigan team - found it easy to stretch and pierce the England back four.

Phil Jones and Gary Cahill looked unsteady at centre-back, while Leighton Baines' defensive shortcomings were highlighted when he was beaten to the ball by Sanchez for Chile's opening goal.

Wayne Rooney worked tirelessly, but was starved of supply. Adam Lallana offered glimpses of skill on debut, but no one else - including debutant Jay Rodriguez - stood out on a morale-sapping night in front of nearly 63,000 fans at Wembley.

If England put on the same kind of performance when Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil and Andre Schurrle come to town on Tuesday, then the Three Lions will be bracing themselves for a real battering.

A sense of euphoria had surrounded the team after the wins over Poland and Montenegro, but it is clear from tonight's game that much work still has to be done ahead of next year's World Cup.

Meanwhile in Hampden Park, Scotland offered another indication of their recent improvement even if an uninspiring 0-0 draw with the United States was only partial redemption for their 5-1 thrashing in Florida 18 months ago.

The Scots passed the ball about with confidence without having a cutting edge, although Craig Conway missed a great chance and American goalkeeper Tim Howard pulled off a wonderful save from a Robert Snodgrass free-kick.

However, the home side survived some late scares as Aron Johansson missed two good chances.

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