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Report: England caught cold by Sánchez and Chile

“London — England’s World Cup preparations began with a whimper on Friday as Alexis Sánchez scored twice to give Chile a 2-0 victory in a low-key friendly game at Wembley Stadium.”

My AFP report on a chastening night for Roy Hodgson’s experimental England side can be read here.

Reaction: Hodgson primes big guns after Chile setback

World Cup scouting: Matías Fernández (Chile)

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Born in the Caballito neighbourhood slap bang in the middle of Buenos Aires to an Argentine mother and Chilean father in May 1986, Matías Ariel Fernández Fernández moved to the town of La Calera in central Chile at the age of four.

By his early teens the attacking midfielder was on the books of Chile’s biggest club, Colo-Colo. He made his league debut against Universidad de Chile in August 2004 and later in the same season scored the astonishing goal against Club Deportivo O’Higgins shown above, earning himself nationwide stardom in the first place.

His annus mirabilis was without question 2006, when – at the age of 20 – he led Colo-Colo to both the Chilean Clausura and Apertura titles, as well as the final of the Copa Sudamerica, and was named South American Player of the Year (becoming only the third Chilean to win the award). The stereotypical dream move to Europe duly materialised when he agreed to join countryman Manuel Pellegrini’s Villarreal in December 2006 for a fee of €8.7 million.

“I am delighted to be here and didn’t expect a reception like this,” said Fernández after being greeted by a crowd of 3,500 fans at El Madrigal. “It is a proud moment for me as I always dreamed of playing in a league like this and now it is going to happen.”

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