Ferdinand, Ozil & more: Twitter reacts as England lose to Chile
Rio Ferdinand and Mesut Ozil both tweet their thoughts as England lose to Chile and Germany draw with Italy at San Siro
England suffered their first defeat in 10 games as Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez scored twice to help Chile secure a 2-0 win at Wembley.
The 24-year-old broke the deadlock in the sixth minute as he nipped ahead of Leighton Baines and steered a finish past Fraser Forster before Sanchez sealed a memorable win after a Gary Cahill mistake on the stroke of full-time.
Here is a selection of our favourite Twitter reaction from the professionals, past and present, in chronological order to an entertaining night of international fixtures.
Former Liverpool striker Neil Mellor (@NeilMellor33) is thrilled to see Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana get his chance to shine: “Great to see Lallana getting a deserved start for England tonight. A great lad who has shown superb loyalty for Saints and rewarded at last.”
Ex-Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris (@morriskid) isn’t impressed by England’s tactical set-up: “England getting popped.. pressing is all over the gaff!! Individually rather than as a team.”
World Cup finalist Dietmar Hamann (@DietmarHamann) feels the hosts are distinctively average: “Chile look a very good side. Ball retention outstanding. England very average.”
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) praises Lallana and Jack Wilshere after a poor first half: “Lallana & Wilshire been our bright sparks in first half…”
Former Southampton star Richard Chaplow (@Rchap04) feels for the Saints skipper: “Frustrating first half. Lallana the one causing Chile the most problems, good to see.”
Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) enjoys his former team-mate’s winner in Lisbon: “@Cristiano scores….again!! Diving header….he does it all…right now #bestInTheWorld”
Everyone’s favourite ex-Accrington Stanley and goal-a-game England man Francis Jeffers (@fj10official) is feeling in sarcastic mood: “Can’t wait for summer now we will piss the World Cup absolute pleasure to watch that. #fluent”
Ex-Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba (@fmuamba) hails Chile’s match-winner: “Sanchez is 24-years-old. What a player.”
England legend Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) feels Roy Hodgson’s side’s weaknesses are already well-documneted: “Not particularly inspiring, but I wouldn’t read too much into it. England have their limitations, but we already knew that.”
Ex-Bolton skipper Kevin Davies (@Kevin__Davies) reckons there are positions up for grabs down both wings: “Think centre of team pretty much picked for WC, places up for grabs down both flanks.”
Arsenal legend Ian Wright (@IanWright0) gives his thoughts on the friendly: “If we can’t press teams in the cold of November, what’s it going to be like in the heat of Brazil? Lot of work ahead. Lot of Scottish and Irish comments on England tonight! Thanks for the encouraging comments!!!”
QPR midfielder Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton) puts the defeat into perspective: “It was only a friendly after all. Let’s not get too carried away. ENGvCHI”
Norwich City midfielder Anthony Pilkington (@Pilkington_11) is glad to see Ireland make a winning start to their reign: “Great win for the boys tonight! Good to watch here at the Aviva! Well done @FAIreland”
Ireland goal-scorer Shane Long (@Shanelong009) is happy with the start under Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane: “Decent performance from the lads tonight! Clean sheet, three goals, and managed to get one of em myself. #Buzzing #coybig #howyadoingnotsobad!”
Finally, Arsenal’s Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil10) wishes his former Real Madrid team-mate and compatriot Sami Khedira all the best after an injury blow: “Sami get well soon!”