England v Australia – Stadium of Light at 19:45 live on ITV
England move onto their second of three friendlies before the Three Lions make their trip to France for Euro 2016, as they host Australia at the Stadium of Light on Friday.
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England head into this fixture having won three of their last five in all competitions, suffering two defeats.
Roy Hodgson’s last match ended in a 2-1 victory against Turkey in a friendly at the Etihad; Jamie Vardy scoring the winner after England conceded their first ever goal against the European side.
At home and the Three Lions have only lost one of their previous ten, winning nine. While in their last five games they have scored nine and conceded three.
While at the Stadium of Light, England have played three times here winning two and losing one. The most recent fixture being held in Sunderland was in 2004 when England beat Turkey 2-0.
Marcus Rashford, Chris Smalling and Wayne Rooney will be joining up with England this week, as well as four Liverpool players, but Jamie Vardy won’t be featuring this week due to his wedding. Hodgson, meanwhile, has the difficult task of cutting three players out of the current squad before their next friendly against Portugal.
In terms of friendlies, and England have only won three of their last five, and five of their last ten. While at home, they’ve won six of their last ten losing three to Chile, Germany and Netherlands.
Australia, meanwhile, have a long trip to the Stadium of Light, but recent form has shown that the Aussies have won four games on the bounce in all competitions.
Ange Postecoglou’s last match finishing in a 5-1 win against Jordan in a World Cup Qualifier; Tim Cahill grabbing a brace in Sydney.
Away from home and the Socceroos have only lost two of their previous ten, winning six. While in their last five matches Postecoglou’s side have scored nine and conceded three.
Australia’s last away match finished in a 4-0 win against Bangladesh in Dhaka; Tim Cahill netting a hat-trick.
Ange Postecoglou has named a squad of 23 for this match and has brought in four uncapped players, including Croatian born Miloš Degenek from 1860 Munich.
Captain Mile Jedinak has been included in the squad, along with 33-year-old Matt McKay, while Cahill is unavailable for the game.
When it comes to friendlies, Australia have only won one of their previous ten and have lost five. While away from home, the Socceroos have only won two of their last ten and have not won a match from their previous five, scoring three and conceding five.
These two sides have only met once before, but it was Australia who picked up a 3-1 win at Upton Park in 2003, Harry Kewell scoring on that night.
I’m looking forward to this match, as it should be lively atmosphere for once. England’s fringe players will be looking to impress, while Australia may want to field some uncapped stars alongside the experienced heads. But even though I see an England win, I don’t expect the Socceroos to roll over.
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