England 2-1 Turkey friendlyRESULT: Euro 2016 preparation action

England 2-1 Turkey friendly RESULT: Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane fire Three Lions to victory at the Etihad Stadium

  • Harry Kane fires England ahead in three minutes but looked offside 
  • But Hakan Calhanoglu equalised ten minutes later for Turkey
  • Kane missed second half penalty but Jamie Vardy restored lead
  • England starting XI: Hart, Walker, Stones, Cahill, Rose, Dier, Wilshere (Henderson), Alli, Sterling (Drinkwater), Kane, Vardy
  • Turkey starting XI: Babacan, Gonul, Balta, Topal, Erkin (Koybasi), Ozyakup (Tekdemir), Inan, Tufan (Erdinc), Sen (Oztekin), Calhanoglu (Sahan), Tosun
  • Roy Hodgson will use match to assess 26-man squad before final cut to 23
  • International friendly from the Etihad Stadium will kick off at 5.15pm BST
  • Click here for the full match report from the Etihad Stadium 

Roy Hodgson had said he wanted his young side to play without the burden of history and there is no denying they approached this warm-up encounter with the ambition and vitality England’s manager will want them to replicate in France.

Goals from Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy secured an impressive victory, and what was Turkey’s first defeat in almost 18 months.

But these England players, like their ‘fathers’ as Hodgson described them, were not without ‘sin’ here at a third-empty Etihad Stadium, their particular failings coming in the form of the kind of defensive errors that could yet cost them dear at the European Championship.

Click here for the full match report from the Etihad Stadium 

The build up to Euro 2016 starts now for England as they take on Turkey at the Etihad Stadium in the first of three friendlies before the finals in France start in June.

The Three Lions are playing their first home game away from Wembley Stadium for the first time in nine years as they face a Turkey outfit who will provide a fair test having also reached the 24-team tournament.

Follow Sportsmail’s live coverage of all the drama as Roy Hodgson prepares to use the Turkey match as one of his two games to assess his 26-man squad before trimming it down to 23 before UEFA’s deadline at the end of the month.


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