PLAYER RATINGS: Dominic Calvert-Lewin bullies Wales’ defence on his international debut as fellow England new boy Bukayo Saka recovers from shaky start at Wembley

  • Grealish (8.5) capped his full international debut with an outstanding assist
  • Pope (7) enhanced his chances of overtaking Jordan Pickford as England’s No 1
  • Bukayo Saka (7) gradually grew into the game following a shaky start

Dominic Calvert-Lewin marked his England debut with a goal as Gareth Southgate’s experimental side beat a much-changed Wales in a friendly at an empty Wembley.

Despite this being a rare meeting of two old rivals, both teams clearly had more than one eye on their upcoming respective Nations League fixtures.

Bukayo Saka also made his senior debut as Everton striker Calvert-Lewin was named in attack, heading the Three Lions ahead before Conor Coady and Danny Ings added their first England goals to secure a 3-0 win.

Sportsmail’s Sami Mokbel rated the players’ performances. 

Jack Grealish capped his full international debut with an outstanding assist at Wembley

Jack Grealish capped his full international debut with an outstanding assist at Wembley

ENGLAND (3-4-3) 

NICK POPE

An accomplished performance from the Burnley keeper. Did his chances of overtaking Jordan Pickford as England’s No 1 no harm. 7

JOE GOMEZ

A Rolls Royce of a footballer who isn’t at the top of his game but still cruised through this clash before being substitute. 6.5

CONOR COADY

Has taken to international football like a duck to water. Followed up his impressive debut last month with another fine display his first goal. 8

MICHAEL KEANE

Has started the season impressively at Everton and took that form onto the international stage. Did the basics well and economics in possession. 7

Nick Pope enhanced his chances of overtaking Jordan Pickford as England’s No 1

Nick Pope enhanced his chances of overtaking Jordan Pickford as England’s No 1

KIERAN TRIPPIER

One of the proudest nights of the full back’s career, captaining England for the first time. Capped his big night with a brilliant assist. 7

HARRY WINKS

Quietly went about his business in England’s engine room. Southgate trusts the Tottenham man and will be glad his midfielder’s back from injury. 7.5

KALVIN PHILLIPS

An energetic display in central midfield. A much more adept performance compared to his England debut against Denmark last month. 7.5

BUKAYO SAKA

Gradually grew into the game following a shaky start. Got ahead of himself slightly in terms of positioning but will be better for this experience. 7

Bukayo Saka (left) gradually grew into the game following a shaky start on Thursday night

Bukayo Saka (left) gradually grew into the game following a shaky start on Thursday night

JACK GREALISH

Capped his full international debut with an outstanding assist. A night to remember for the Aston Villa skipper, one of the best players on the pitch. 8.5

DOMINIC CALVERT-LEWIN

Can’t stop, won’t stop scoring. What an international debut for the Everton striker. His 10th goal of the season one he won’t forget. 8

DANNY INGS

Didn’t give Wales defenders a minutes peace and capped an excellent display with a brilliant overhead kick. 7.5

SUBS: Mount 6.5 (for Calvert-Lewin 58); James 6.5 (for Trippier 58); Mings 6.5 (for Gomez 58); Ward-Prowse (Winks 76); Barnes (Grealish 76); Maitland-Niles (Saka 76)

Subs not used: Henderson, Rashford, Alexander-Arnold, Maguire, Pickford, Rice.

GARETH SOUTHGATE 

His inexperienced team blew hot and cold – but that was to be expected. Will be happy with the victory but the real test arrive against Belgium on Sunday. 7

WALES (4-2-3-1)

Hennessey 7; C Roberts 6 (Gunter 73), Rodon 6 (Cabango 46, 6), Mepham 6, Davies 6.5; Ampadu 6.5 (Vaulks 62, 6), Morrell 5.5 (Levitt 46, 5.5); T Roberts 6, J Williams 6.5 (Smith 73), Matondo 6.5; Moore 6.5 (N Williams 40, 6). Subs: Davies, Gunter, Ward, James, Woodburn, Norrington-Davies, Johnson, Smith. Booked: Roberts, Ampadu, Levitt

Manager: Giggs: 6

Referee: Bobby Madden (SCO) – Meant to be a friendly but had to brandish three yellow cards – all to Wales. 6

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