International friendlies - Paper Round: England have work to do

The reaction in today's newspapers to England's defeat to Chile in a predictable one: Roy Hodgson's side must improve over the coming months.

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England's Frank Lampard (L), Wayne Rooney (C) and James Milner during the defeat to Chile at Wembley (AFP)

Henry Winter in the Daily Telegraph: "England’s sole consolation of a chastening night was the relief that they were not engaged in World Cup play-off action. Roy Hodgson’s side, who qualified automatically for Brazil in their last Wembley appearance, will need to raise their game considerably if they are to survive even the group stage next summer. Chile are good, and have a gem in Alexis Sánchez, but they will not be amongst the favourites at the World Cup. England certainly will not be. There was a sterility of thought and movement as well as expensive mistakes in a defence that could conceivably be England’s first-choice back-four in Brazil. Sánchez exploited poor marking by Leighton Baines to head in after seven minutes and then a slip by Gary Cahill to dink the ball over Fraser Forster before the final whistle."

Dominic Fifield in The Guardian: "It was a night of sounds at Wembley. At the end there were boos and a throwback to more grumpy times for a team that embarked on a lap of honour on the last occasion they played at this stadium. Before then there were "olés" emanating from the corner occupied by Chile's followers and every bit as alarming for Roy Hodgson as the dissent that arrived at the final whistle."

Oliver Holt in the Daily Mirror: "England looked callow and raw at times against a slick, clever Chile side that exposed their limitations. The idea that Roy Hodgson should sacrifice players such as (Frank) Lampard and Steven Gerrard at the altar of youth has been ­championed by some. Now that England have ­qualified, that argument goes, why not simply accept we won’t win the World Cup next summer and just start again. Throw the veterans out. Play the kids, give them their head, trust to the future. That tune changed a little here. Because this match proved what a flawed idea that is. Against teams as accomplished as Chile, England need more experience, not less."

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Neil Ashton in the Daily Mail: "There are the dream England debuts; the nights when players walk off the Wembley pitch feeling 10 feet tall. They leave the field to the acclaim of England’s fans and wake up the following morning to discover their profile has gone through the roof. Rickie Lambert has been there recently after his winner against Scotland. So, too, has Tottenham flyer Andros Towsend. For Fraser Forster, Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez there will be a different feeling, living in a paradoxical world of pride and frustration after winning their first caps. It really wasn’t their night."

Oliver Kay in The Times: "The taste of defeat and the sound of derision have been unfamiliar for England’s players in recent times, but last night brought some uncomfortable reminders of the type of challenge that awaits at the World Cup finals in Brazil next summer. Against a fleet-footed, inventive and skilful Chile team, an experimental line-up fell some way short of Roy Hodgson’s expectations. Hodgson had spoken, sensibly, of prioritising the performance over the result. As it happened, he got neither, with some of the home supporters jeering at the final whistle. That seemed harsh."

Kevin Garside in The Independent: "Where did all that euphoria go? Nights like this invest Greg Dyke’s commission into the structural ills of English football with fresh impetus. And it’s Germany up next. Mein Gott. Perhaps fate was doing us an early favour, heaping a dose of reality on over-active imaginations. That said, you wonder what the answer is when players of the calibre of Jack Wilshere give the ball away with such frequency he might have been dressed in red."

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