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Update Dominic Calvert-Lewin leads trio of 1st-time England scorers against Wales

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Danny Ings and Conor Coady scored their first England goals in a 3-0 victory over Wales in a friendly on Thursday when international football returned to Wembley after 11 months.

It was the least experienced lineup deployed by England in four decades, with only 54 international appearances among the starting XI and Calvert-Lewin one of two players making their debuts.

Reproducing the form with Everton that earned him a first call-up, the striker took only 26 minutes to head in from Jack Grealish's cross inside an empty north London stadium.

“It is a shame there are no fans here to celebrate, and my family could have been here, so bittersweet in that sense," the 23-year-old Calvert-Lewin said. “I have worked very hard to get here, it has felt like a long road."

It included a spell playing non-league football before breaking into the Premier League and also featuring in in a World Cup final win for England's under-20 team in 2017.

“He had excellent presence, his runs were a threat, he presses well," England coach Gareth Southgate said. "He’s an all-round center forward and I’ve always liked his general play. It’s the goals he’s adding now that are making another level of player.”

While finding the target was anticipated of a player who now has 10 goals in seven matches for club and country, Coady making the scoresheet was not expected.

But the defender, who has only one goal in five years for Wolverhampton Wanderers, got on the end of Kieran Trippier's free kick with a half-volley eight minutes into the second half of his second England appearance.


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