England 3-0 Ivory Coast: Raheem Sterling scores as Three Lions cruise to win

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Raheem SterlingRaheem Sterling captained England for the third time

England strolled to victory in their friendly against Ivory Coast at Wembley to complete a satisfactory international break for manager Gareth Southgate.

Borussia Dortmund teenager Jude Bellingham produced an outstanding individual display as England followed up Saturday's win against Switzerland with a commanding performance.

The hosts were well in control and leading through Ollie Watkins' close-range finish, before former Tottenham defender Serge Aurier's dismissal - when he was shown a second yellow card for dissent - five minutes before the break.

Raheem Sterling, captain for the night and creator of Watkins' 30th-minute opener, made it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time, effectively ending the game as a contest. Defender Tyrone Mings' injury-time header completed the formalities.

Bellingham stakes his claim

Southgate made 10 changes from the side that came from behind to beat Switzerland 2-1, giving a start to Bellingham in the number 10 role.

And how the Dortmund player, who is not 19 until June, revelled in the responsibility with yet another astonishingly mature display that simply confirmed once more how comfortable he is at international level.

Bellingham has already proved his class and quality for England, as well as his club in both the Bundesliga and Champions League. The sky really is the limit for this richly-gifted youngster.

England untroubled by the Elephants

In the end, it was victory at a canter for England against an Ivory Coast side who delivered little in the way of attacking intent - and only produced several heavy challenges by way of resistance to the home side's superiority.

James Ward-Prowse received warm applause when he was substituted after almost scoring with a trademark long-range strike, but Manchester United captain Harry Maguire did not receive the same reception from the Wembley crowd.

England manager Southgate has kept faith with Maguire despite his abject form at club level but some of the home fans were less forgiving, with audible jeers greeting his name when it was read out before kick-off and also with his first touches.

Other than that, it was a mercifully quiet night for centre-back Maguire who, despite those Old Trafford struggles, has rarely let England down.

Harry Kane was restricted to a cameo as a second-half substitute so did not get the chance to claim a 50th England goal on his 69th appearance for his country.

It was the sort of confident performance Southgate will have wanted, with the added bonus of giving his squad even more experience. Crystal Palace full-back Tyrick Mitchell was able to cruise through his first start following a debut against Switzerland.

England now wait to hear their World Cup group opponents at Friday's draw in Qatar, before they return to action against Hungary in Budapest for June's Uefa Nations League encounter.

The second half was very low-key once England had scored twice and the visitors went down to 10 men, but there was still plenty to please Southgate as he formulates and finalises his plans for when the World Cup action gets under way in November.

Player of the match

RiceDeclan Rice

with an average of 7.41


  1. Squad number4Player nameRice

  2. Squad number10Player nameBellingham

  3. Squad number9Player nameWatkins

  4. Squad number8Player nameWard-Prowse

  5. Squad number7Player nameSterling

  6. Squad number11Player nameGrealish

  7. Squad number5Player nameMings

  8. Squad number1Player namePope

  9. Squad number23Player nameSmith Rowe

  10. Squad number2Player nameWhite

  11. Squad number3Player nameMitchell

  12. Squad number17Player nameWalker-Peters

  13. Squad number18Player nameFoden

  14. Squad number21Player nameGallagher

  15. Squad number12Player nameShaw

  16. Squad number20Player nameKane

  17. Squad number6Player nameMaguire

Ivory Coast

  1. Squad number11Player nameCornet

  2. Squad number19Player namePépé

  3. Squad number22Player nameHaller

  4. Squad number21Player nameBailly

  5. Squad number4Player nameSeri

  6. Squad number8Player nameKessié

  7. Squad number23Player nameBadra Sangaré

  8. Squad number6Player nameBoly

  9. Squad number14Player nameKamara

  10. Squad number20Player nameAkouokou

  11. Squad number12Player nameCoulibaly

  12. Squad number15Player nameGradel

  13. Squad number28Player nameBoli

  14. Squad number5Player nameAgbadou

  15. Squad number27Player nameDeli

  16. Squad number3Player nameKonan

  17. Squad number17Player nameAurier



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Pope
  • 2WhiteSubstituted forWalker-Petersat 45'minutes
  • 6Maguire
  • 5Mings
  • 3MitchellSubstituted forShawat 62'minutes
  • 8Ward-ProwseSubstituted forGallagherat 80'minutes
  • 4Rice
  • 7SterlingSubstituted forFodenat 62'minutes
  • 10Bellingham
  • 11GrealishSubstituted forSmith Roweat 62'minutes
  • 9WatkinsSubstituted forKaneat 62'minutes


  • 12Shaw
  • 13Forster
  • 14Henderson
  • 15Guéhi
  • 16Coady
  • 17Walker-Peters
  • 18Foden
  • 19Mount
  • 20Kane
  • 21Gallagher
  • 22Pickford
  • 23Smith Rowe

Ivory Coast

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 23Sangaré
  • 17AurierBooked at 40mins
  • 21BaillySubstituted forAgbadouat 45'minutes
  • 27Deli
  • 14Kamara
  • 8Kessié
  • 4SeriBooked at 33minsSubstituted forAkouokouat 90+3'minutes
  • 19PépéSubstituted forBolyat 45'minutes
  • 15GradelSubstituted forCoulibalyat 45'minutes
  • 11CornetSubstituted forKonanat 64'minutes
  • 22HallerSubstituted forBoliat 86'minutes


  • 1Cissé
  • 2Diallo
  • 3Konan
  • 5Agbadou
  • 6Boly
  • 10Kouassi
  • 12Coulibaly
  • 16Koné
  • 18Sangaré
  • 20Akouokou
  • 25Konaté
  • 28Boli

Live Text

  1. Match ends, England 3, Côte d'Ivoire 0.

  2. Second Half ends, England 3, Côte d'Ivoire 0.

  3. Goal! England 3, Côte d'Ivoire 0. Tyrone Mings (England) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Phil Foden with a cross following a corner.

  4. Substitution, Côte d'Ivoire. Paul Akouokou replaces Jean Michaël Seri.

  5. Corner, England. Conceded by Emmanuel Agbadou.

  6. Attempt blocked. Emile Smith Rowe (England) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kyle Walker-Peters.

  7. Phil Foden (England) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Foul by Franck Kessié (Côte d'Ivoire).

  9. Foul by Conor Gallagher (England).

  10. Franck Kessié (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Substitution, Côte d'Ivoire. Yohan Boli replaces Sébastien Haller.

  12. Attempt missed. Phil Foden (England) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tyrone Mings.

  13. Substitution, England. Conor Gallagher replaces James Ward-Prowse.

  14. Jude Bellingham (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Foul by Fousseny Coulibaly (Côte d'Ivoire).

  16. Foul by Tyrone Mings (England).

  17. Sébastien Haller (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Attempt missed. Simon Deli (Côte d'Ivoire) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jean Michaël Seri with a cross following a set piece situation.

  19. Foul by Luke Shaw (England).

  20. Hassane Kamara (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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