5 talking points from England’s win over Wales

An inexperienced England side cruised to a 3-0 victory over Wales in an international friendly at Wembley.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Conor Coady and Danny Ings were on the scoresheet for the Three Lions as they now go on to UEFA Nations League clashes against Belgium and Denmark.

Calvert-Lewin scored his 10th of the season for club and country, finishing from the impressive Jack Grealish's cross.

Coady then notched his first goal for his country after the break, finishing at the back post from Kieran Trippier's free-kick.

Ings made it three and a hat-trick of maiden international strikes with an acrobatic effort after some suspect Welsh defending from a corner.

Here are five talking points from Wembley…

1. Calvert-Lewin can't stop scoring

There was a sense of inevitability about Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring on his England debut.

The Everton striker simply cannot stop putting the ball in the net – certainly when presented with opportunities like the one he got in the first half this evening.

Jack Grealish did brilliantly on the right flank and his chipped cross was asking to be headed home – with Calvert-Lewin duly obliging.

He's already notched nine times for the Toffees this season – including two hat-tricks – and is surely establishing himself as a very able deputy for Harry Kane at international level.

2. Kieran Skippier

We knew it was going to be a very experimental England side tonight. What we probably didn't anticipate was the choice of captain.

Kieran Trippier's career peaked when he scored the first goal of England's World Cup semi-final against Croatia in 2018, but he endured a difficult season for Tottenham in the aftermath and left for Atletico Madrid.

Having rediscovered his form in the Spanish capital, Trippier is Trent Alexander-Arnold's biggest rival for the right-back spot for his country.

With Trent rested ahead of Nations League games against Belgium and Denmark, Trippier got the nod tonight – and with it came the captain's armband in an inexperienced side.

It means every player to score for the Three Lions in a World Cup semi-final – messrs Charlotn, Lineker and Trippier – have all skippered England.

He also set up the second goal with a wonderful delivery from a free-kick.

3. Pope takes his chance

There's more than a modicum of uncertainty about England's goalkeeping situation currently.

Despite Everton's lightning start to the season, Jordan Pickford has struggled individually with a couple of errors which can no longer be described as uncharacteristic.

You fancy the Toffees shot-stopper has enough credit in the bank to still just about be Gareth Southgate's default No.1, but Dean Henderson and Nick Pope are pushing him hard.

Pope got the nod tonight and took his chance – turning in a faultless display and keeping a clean sheet.

Granted, he was rarely tested, but impressed in the early stages when Kieffer Moore got in behind to come out and smother the ball.

Not only that, he took a bang to the head off Moore's knee and got straight up. Nails.

4. Coady reminds us of the happiness of football

It's been a rough few months. Not many smiles about. So it was great to see an individual genuinely thrilled to get his first England goal.

Conor Coady finished at the back post from Kieran Trippier's free-kick to score his first goal since April 2018 – a penalty for Wolves in the Championship.

And the smile on his face couldn't have been wider as he wheeled away to celebrate notching on just his second appearance for his country.

Coady's bread and butter will always be clean sheets – he's already got a pair of those at international level – but nothing beats putting the ball in the net.

The Wolves skipper has spoken of his pride at playing for England over the course of the last few weeks and it was clear to see on a great moment.

Not only that, he took the captain's armband when Trippier was subbed off midway through the second half.

5. Grealish shows his class

It's easy to forget Jack Grealish was not initially included in England's squad for their UEFA Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark in the last international break.

Eyebrows were raised and he did eventually get the nod after Marcus Rashford withdrew through injury.

He played the last 15 minutes against the Danes and got his first start tonight, taking full advantage of the opportunity afforded to him.

Grealish has been key in Villa's perfect start to the Premier League season and was the best player on the park here, proving a constant thorn in the Welsh defence.

Gareth Southgate now has a headache over whether to start him against Belgium or Denmark over the next week.

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