Cheat sheet: Why Chris Smalling's late header could not mask England's underwhelming display against Portugal


England and Portugal went in goalless at half-time in their Euro 2016 warm-up at Wembley, with the visitors a man down after Bruno Alves' senseless dismissal.

Alves saw red in the 36th minute after kicking Harry Kane in the head - competing dangerously for a high ball - but that papered over a modest showing from Roy Hodgson's men.

Chris Smalling sent England to Euro 2016 on the back of another win, but the late header could not mask an underwhelming display against Portugal.

Here's what happened...

The game in one line

The only goal of the night came from Smalling.

The thing that was missing

Christiano Ronaldo has been allowed an extended break after he helped Real Madrid win the Champions League last week.

After winning his third European Club title, the Portugal captain took off in his private jet and was spotted in Ibiza.

Although who knows what would have happened if Ronaldo had been playing...

Tweet of the Day

Nope, Gary Lineker's not making any promises this time.

The key moments in the game

Chris Smalling.
(Mike Egerton/PA)

Slim pickings indeed, leaving Chris Smalling's winning goal in a field of one.

It may not have helped England's deliberations over personnel and formation in the grand scheme but it did hand them three wins from three warm-up matches before France.

Raheem Sterling, bright from the bench, played a key part with the cross.

Who performed well?

Tim Goode.
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It's got to be Kyle Walker - the Tottenham full-back did more than most to press his case in an evening of average performance.

He proved to be a nuisance for Portugal and flashed wide with one long-range strike and will have given rival right-back Nathaniel Clyne pause for thought.

What did Jamie Vardy do?

Not much by the looks of it. Vardy was substituted in the 66th minute but maybe England are not set up to play to his strengths in the same way as Leicester.

Key stats

Overall, an average performance from the England team.

View from the bench

Roy Hodgson.
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Not a happy evening for Roy Hodgson, who must have been anticipating great things from the forward trio of Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy.

It was the first time the three have played together and Hodgson was unable to knit them together successfully.

He now has more questions than answers ahead of Euro 2016. His changes from the bench added something but the lack of clear chances against 10 men will concern the coaching team.

Moan of the match

 Bruno Alves, left, fouls England's Harry Kane.
(Frank Augstein/AP)

Bruno Alves' crass high kick on Harry Kane was not only dangerous, it effectively robbed the match of any real meaning it might have had.

England needed a fully operational opponent if they were to learn anything of value.