Wembley hosts an international friendly tonight between the Three Lions and the Socceroos as both teams prepare for upcoming major tournaments. Gareth Southgate has named an experimental team featuring debutant Levi Colwill ahead of potentially securing qualification for Euro 2024 next week.
After cruising to victory away to Scotland last month, England are once again expected to claim the win here to continue making their case that they are among the favourites to be crowned European champions in Germany. They have only lost once to Australia, with all of their meetings coming in non-competitive action.
The Aussies know a win in London will set them up well for the Asian Cup, which starts in January. A surprisingly good run at the World Cup in Qatar showed Graham Arnold has created a fairly formidable side from few star players. Follow England vs Australia LIVE via Standard Sport’s match blog, featuring expert analysis from our reporters at Wembley!
Dom Smith at Wembley
What an easy first half to summarise at half-time: England were disjointed and off the pace, and that’s about the long and short of it.
Lewis Dunk’s exceptional goalline block ensures the latest in a long line of Australian chances doesn’t end in a goal. It’s 0-0 at the break, and frankly England are lucky to be level.
England 0-0 Australia | Half time!
Beautiful tackle in the box by Harry Souttar to slide in on Ollie Watkins in the box. That had no margin for error.
England target a big finish but take the corner short and Stephanie Frappart blows her whistle! Seemed a bit silly to let them take it if that was the outcome…
England 0-0 Australia | 45+1 mins
Superb deep corner by Craig Goodwin sees Harry Souttar nod over. One minute added on.
England 0-0 Australia | 45 mins
OFF THE LINE!
Lewis Dunk saves England after Ryan Strain gets on the end of a swift counter, with a potential offside in there.
Levi Colwill was turned far too easily by Martin Boyle to tee that shot up.
Dom Smith at Wembley
Some slightly more positive signs from England, with Colwill’s ball into Watkins leading to smart interchanging play between Maddison and Bowen.
England need to take more risks like that. It’s all been just a little too stodgy and safe so far.
England 0-0 Australia | 44 mins
Trent Alexander-Arnold swings a ball in from deep from a corner routine but Jarrod Bowen’s flicked header is no bother for the defence.
England 0-0 Australia | 43 mins
We’re heading to a low-key finish to the half at Wembley and Jarrod Bowen does well to win a late corner to try and lift the atmosphere.
England 0-0 Australia | 40 mins
Stephanie Frappart flashes a yellow card at Ryan Strain next up after the full-back loses Jack Grealish and hauls him down.
Good position for an England free-kick, out on the left. James Maddison curls it in but it’s nicely cleared by Australia.
Highlights: Ollie Watkins hits the post for England
Nizaar Kinsella at Wembley
Levi Colwill is booked on his introduction to international football. It’s mostly a sign that not all is going well for England.