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England unrecognizable from team that beat Ange Postecoglou’s Australia ahead of Euro 2016


England face Australia on Friday in the first meeting between the two countries in more than seven years..

The two teams will face off at Wembley – live on talkSPORT – aiming to win back-to-back matches against the Socceroos.

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Marcus Rashford scored in England’s final match against Australia in 2016 (/caption)

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Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou was in charge of the Socceroos at the time.
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This is only the eighth time the two nations have faced each other, with the last outing taking place before Euro 2016.

That match, which took place at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light, finished 2-1 to the Three Lions, with Marcus Rashford and Wayne Rooney on target for the hosts.

It was Rashford’s first England goal, with the Manchester United striker volleying home from close range in the third minute.

His former Red Devils teammate Rooney then doubled England’s lead shortly before the hour mark with a blistering effort from outside the box.

Substitute Eric Dier then scored an own goal in the 75th minute to halve Australia’s deficit, with England holding on for victory.

Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou was in charge of the Socceroos at the time, leading to the first of two defeats he suffered on English soil.

Since Roy Hodgson’s starting XI for England on May 27, 2016, only three have been named in Gareth Southgate’s recent squad.

Captain Harry Kane and right-back Kyle Walker are also in contention to face Australia later this week, but they have failed to come off the bench.

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Rashford broke the deadlock in the 2-1 victory at the Stadium of Light seven years ago.
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SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - MAY 27: Wayne Rooney of England scores his second goal during the international friendly match between England and Australia at the Stadium of Light on May 27, 2016 in Sunderland, England.  (Photo by Alex Morton – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)
Rooney doubled the Three Lions’ lead in the friendly at Sunderland Stadium

Hodgson fielded a highly-rotated England starting XI for the clash in what was their penultimate friendly before Euro 2016.

Here, talkSPORT.com takes you through the line-up, which saw England start in a diamond formation with four central midfielders.

Fraser Forster – GK

The Tottenham back-up goalkeeper started between the sticks ahead of Joe Hart.

It was the last of his six caps for England, although he was an unused substitute in subsequent teams.

Nathaniel Clyne – RB

The 32-year-old was given the nod by Kyle Walker to face Australia, and due to the current Manchester City defender’s form, he has not played for England since 2016.

Clyne now has Walker, Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Reece James and Ben White ahead of him in the England pecking order.

Chris Smalling – CB

The former Manchester United defender played 31 times for England between 2011 and 2017.

Now at Roma, the 33-year-old has not been named in a team under Southgate since 2017, with the former Middlesbrough manager preferring John Stones, Harry Maguire and Dier instead.

SAINT-ETIENNE, FRANCE - JUNE 20: Manager Roy Hodgson (2nd R) shakes hands with Chris Smalling (2nd L) as Ryan Bertrand (1st L) and Nathaniel Clyne (1st R) leave the field after their scoreless draw goal during the UEFA EURO Group B 2016 match between Slovakia and England at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on June 20, 2016 in Saint-Etienne, France.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Ryan Bertrand, Smalling and Clyne have all been named in Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad

John Stones – CB

Arguably the best central defender in the country, the Citizens star remains an essential player for England.

With 67 caps, the 29-year-old could be rested this Friday with Southgate to potentially start him in the Euro 2024 qualifier against Italy next week.

Ryan Bertrand – LB

The former Chelsea player was one of the best performing left-backs in the Premier League in 2016, with the full-back being one of Southampton’s key players.

With 19 caps, Bertrand, currently without a club after leaving Leicester, fought with Danny Rose for a starting place.

Jack Wilshere – DM

The former Arsenal star has not played for England since Euro 2016, with the 31-year-old finishing his international career with two goals in 34 games.

Now aged 31, Wilshere is retired and is the current head coach of the Gunners under-18 team.

Jordan Henderson – CM

Despite moving to the Middle East to play for Saudi side Al-Ettifaq, the 33-year-old remains in Southgate’s plans.

Only Harry Kane in the current England squad has more caps than Henderson’s 78 appearances.

England midfielder Jack Wilshere (left) and England midfielder Jordan Henderson (right) take part in an England football team training session at St George's Park in Burton-on-Trent, in central England, May 20, 2016. England plays Turkey in Manchester on May 22, before facing Australia in Sunderland on May 27, in preparation for Euro 2016. / AFP / Paul ELLIS / NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Henderson remains in Southgate’s plan, while Wilshere called time on his career last year

Danny Drinkwater – CM

Like Forster, Drinkwater has not played for England since the 2-1 friendly win over Australia.

The 33-year-old, who played three times for the Three Lions in 2016, has been without a club since 2022.

Adam Lallana – AM

The 35-year-old was named England’s player of the year in 2016, but has not added to his tally of 34 caps in more than five years.

Lallana begins his fourth season at Brighton, where he is closing in on 100 appearances for the Seagulls.

Raheem Sterling – ST

With 20 goals in 82 caps, versatile striker Sterling has been one of England’s key players since his debut in 2012.

But he is yet to feature for England in 2023, with Southgate omitting the 28-year-old from his last two squads despite his positive form for Chelsea.

Marcus Rashford – ST

The first of his 16 goals for England came against Australia.

Fans have called for Southgate to leave Rashford out of his squad amid his inconsistent form, but he remains a key man for the former Aston Villa defender.

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This is how England started against Australia seven years ago

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