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England 3-0 Ivory Coast: Stand-in captain Raheem Sterling scores one and sets up another as Serge Aurier is sent off

Match report and free highlights as Raheem Sterling scores and assists with the captain's armband, and Tyrone Mings heads in as England beat an Ivory Coast side reduced to 10 men by Serge Aurier's bookings in quick succession in the first half.

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Highlights of the international friendly between England and Ivory Coast at Wembley.

Stand-in captain Raheem Sterling scored one and set up another, while visiting skipper Serge Aurier was sent off in the first half as England cruised to a 3-0 friendly win over Ivory Coast at Wembley.

Former Tottenham defender Aurier had been done all ends up by Sterling in the build-up to England's opener on the half-hour, which was gleefully tucked home from three yards by Ollie Watkins for his second goal for his country.

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Ollie Watkins gets on the end of a pin-point cross from Raheem Sterling to give England the lead

Aurier's night then went from bad to worse when the right-back picked up two bookings in quick succession. The first was for chopping down Jack Grealish, the second came six minutes later for dissent after he was held up by Watkins - a reminder of Aurier's costly hot-headed moments in a Spurs shirt.

England capitalised on their numerical advantage within five minutes. Sterling scythed through the Ivory Coast midfield with the help of a Watkins lay-off and when his shot was parried away by goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangare, the impressive Grealish coolly teed him up to turn in at the second attempt.

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Raheem Sterling doubled England's lead just before the break.

At that point it looked like a flood of goals might follow but England lacked some zip in the second half and had to wait until the final touch of the game to add a third, with Tyrone Mings heading in for a three-goal margin to maintain their winning start to a year which will be defined by the World Cup next winter. Tougher and more intense tests are to come.

While it was a memorable night for Sterling captaining his country in his hometown, there were boos for another senior England figure Harry Maguire before kick-off. The out-of-form Manchester United skipper - who did have his name sung during the match - had a relatively straightforward night on the field, with Ivory Coast toothless without the injured Wilfried Zaha and almost unable to get out of their own half in the second period.

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England defender Harry Maguire was booed by some sections of the crowd ahead of the friendly against the Ivory Coast at Wembley.

Given the 10 changes made from Saturday's win over Switzerland, England had begun well in the opening 30 minutes against 11 and could easily have taken the lead earlier, with Declan Rice's shot headed away by Eric Bailly, Grealish firing through the legs of Aurier at the 'keeper, and Sterling's smart touch and shot denied by Deli's block.

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  • England made 10 changes to the win over Switzerland, with only Ben White keeping his place. The defender moved to right-back in a 4-3-3 system, with Tyrick Mitchell making his full debut on the other side of the backline. Raheem Sterling wore the captain’s armband.
  • Wilfried Zaha missed out for Ivory Coast with injury, but Eric Bailly, Serge Aurier, Max Gradel, Maxwel Cornet, Nicolas Pepe and Sebastien Haller were among a starting XI largely familiar to English football fans.

Eighteen-year-old Jude Bellingham was another positive across the game, with a slick one-two with Sterling leading to the midfielder's shot being saved onto the post early on before he curled wide later in the first half.

He was at the centre of controversy at the beginning of the second period, when referee Erik Lambrechts further incensed the Ivory Coast players by awarding a penalty when Bellingham went down under Fousseny Coulibaly's challenge. But that decision was rightly overturned following a check of the pitchshide monitor - the half-time sub had got the ball first.

Bellingham's classy play continued, though, and he could be banging on the door for a starting spot come the World Cup.

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Kolo Toure says captain Serge Aurier left Ivory Coast 'in danger' having to play for a half against England with just ten men.

A quadruple change, which saw England send on Kane, Phil Foden, Emile Smith Rowe and Luke Shaw on the hour mark, was the last thing the visitors needed but the chances dried up for the hosts, with James Ward-Prowse's drive over the bar the closest England came through the second half until Mings' late intervention. The Aston Villa man headed powerfully into the ground from Foden's corner to add some gloss.

Player ratings

England: Pope (6), White (5), Mings (8), Maguire (7), Mitchell (7), Rice (6), Bellingham (7), Ward-Prowse (6), Grealish (7), Watkins (8), Sterling (8).

Subs: Walker-Peters (6), Shaw (6), Foden (6), Kane (5), Smith Rowe (5), Gallagher (n/a).

Ivory Coast: Sangare (5), Aurier (1), Bailly (5), Deli (5), Kamara (4), Pepe (5), Kessie (5), Seri (5), Gradel (5), Haller (4), Cornet (4).

Subs: Agbadou (5), Boly (5), Coulibaly (5), Akouokou (n/a), Boli (n/a).

Man of the Match: Raheem Sterling

Deli could have pulled one back for Ivory Coast before then, volleying over from Jean Michael Seri's excellent free-kick, but there rarely appeared a threat to England's now 22-game unbeaten run.

They'll be back in action in June when the level ramps up a notch in the Nations League. Until then Southgate can reflect on a positive start to a pivotal year.

Southgate: Maguire boos "a joke"

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Gareth Southgate felt Harry Maguire’s reception from the England crowd ‘was a joke’ after the centre back received noticeable boos early on in England’s international friendly against Ivory Coast.

Gareth Southgate hit out at England supporters who booed Harry Maguire before the win over Ivory Coast.

The Manchester United captain is enduring a difficult season with his club but Southgate called the abuse for a player who has helped England to a World Cup semi-final and European Championship final "a joke".

"I thought the reception was a joke. An absolute joke," Southgate told Sky Sports. "What he's done for us and the way he has performed for England has been phenomenal. I don't get it.

"We're either all in this together or we're not. He's in an England shirt and not only should you support someone in an England shirt regardless but when he's played at the level he has, it should be total commitment behind him. So, I don't get it.

"They are real England fans. And some are influenced by whatever, I don't know if it's social media, players that have played previously that are influencing opinion... Obviously his club situation is difficult but he's in an England shirt.

"I remember a few decades ago when some players were booed in an England shirt - it's never been acceptable. I've never got it. Why would people play any better? Fans should always get behind their team."

Ivory Coast boss: Aurier punished the whole team

Patrice Beaumelle, Ivory Coast head coach: "Unfortunately we get a red card so early and afterwards we were obliged to run after the ball. Already 11 v11 it was quite difficult. 11 v 10 it was quite impossible. When we were one less player the game was done for us and it was quite difficult to give a good challenge.

"I think there is a clear challenge in the midfield and Serge gets obstructed and he is thinking it was a foul. For me it was a light foul but it was a foul. It killed the spectacle because even for the fans it wasn't a game anymore. He's the captain. He's a mature player and he has to lead the group. When you lead the group like that against England at Wembley the whole team is punished."

On Zaha's fitness: "After the first game he felt some pain in his hamstring. He had a scan which showed a grade 1 or 2 on the hamstring and it was not necessary to give any risk. For him it was a dream to play England, with Ivory Coast in London. This is football. I have to understand the players have a busy schedule. If his hamstring gets bad it's six weeks, two months. Today I released him to have some physio with his club. I asked him to come and watch the team tonight. He was so sad he couldn't play."

    England's winning runs - Opta stats

    • England remain unbeaten against African nations, losing none of their 20 matches against them (W14 D6) and beating seven of the nine opponents they have faced, failing only against Ghana (D1) and Algeria (D1).
    • England have won their last 10 international friendly matches by an aggregate score of 21-2. It's their longest winning run in friendly games since an 11-game winning run between 1924 and 1929.
    • Raheem Sterling has scored in 15 matches for England and ended on the winning side in every match, the best such record for the England national team in history. Only Steven Gerrard (18) and David Beckham (17) have ever scored in more games without ending on the losing side than Sterling.
    • England have won all 12 matches which have featured Jude Bellingham - in England's entire history, only Theo Walcott has had a longer winning start to his England career (won first 14 caps).
    • Phil Foden made his 15th England appearance in this match, coming on as a substitute, and has never ended on the losing side in any of his 15 games (W13 D2), the outright most appearances played without losing in the history of the Three Lions, overtaking David Rocastle's record of 14 games between 1988 and 1992.

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