England were given a big wake-up call at Wembley as Chile outclassed Roy Hodgson’s men, who were booed off the pitch after flopping to their first defeat of 2013.
Alexis Sanchez maintained the visitors’ excellent record against the Three Lions, scoring six minutes into the first half, and the Barcelona striker repeated the heroics of Chile icon Marcelo Salas by sealing a 2-0 win at the end.
Indeed, had they taken their chances, this could have been a real goal glut for the Chileans, who passed the ball with finesse and never looked troubled on the ball.
England made their task easy. The simple things seemed to evade the home side throughout the night.
Sanchez, Eduardo Vargas and Jean Beausejour - a man who struggles to get into the Wigan team - found it easy to stretch the England back four.
Phil Jones and Gary Cahill looked unsteady at centre-back, while Leighton Baines’ defensive shortcomings were highlighted when he was beaten to the ball by Sanchez for Chile’s opening goal.
Wayne Rooney worked tirelessly, but was starved of supply. Adam Lallana offered glimpses of skill on debut, but no one else - including debutant Jay Rodriguez - stood out on a morale-sapping night in front of nearly 63,000 fans at Wembley. If England put on the same kind of performance when Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil and Andre Schurrle arrive on Tuesday, then the Three Lions will be bracing themselves for a battering.
A sense of euphoria had surrounded the team after the wins over Poland and Montenegro, but it is clear from this game that much work still has to be done ahead of next year’s World Cup.
Captain Frank Lampard looked emotional as he collected his golden cap before kick off, and for five minutes after the whistle, all went to plan.
Lallana, keen to impress, found space on the right and flung in a deep cross to the back post where Jones tested Claudio Bravo.
Chile moved the ball out to Eugenio Mean on the left. Cahill missed the full-back’s cross and Sanchez sneaked in front of Leighton Baines to head beyond Forster.
England were all at sea just before the break, with Sanchez breaking through twice, although Lallana pierced the Chile defence only to be thwarted with a last-ditch tackle.
England’s issues continued after the restart. Baines failed to find Milner with a simple 10-metre pass from a corner, which did not go down well with the home fans.
Jermain Defoe, Tom Cleverley, Ross Barkley and Jordan Henderson came on, but had little impact. And Sanchez hammered the final nail in to England’s coffin in injury time when he lifted the ball over Forster after a mix-up at the back.