LONDON: Yet another variety of England cruised more comfortably than manager Gareth Southgate might have expected to a 3-0 friendly victory over Ivory Coast at Wembley.
England’s task was eased after the visitors were reduced to 10 men by the sending-off of captain and rightback Serge Aurier before halftime.
Ollie Watkins put England in front with a tap-in from Raheem Sterling’s low ball across the six-yard box.
Aurier was then sent off for Ivory Coast for a second yellow card before Sterling doubled England’s lead from close range.
Tyrone Mings headed a late third from Phil Foden’s corner to cap a comfortable win for the home side.
Jude Bellingham also won a penalty, but the decision was overturned after the referee viewed the pitchside monitor.