Euro 2016: home nations round-up #2
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ENGLAND KEY MEN: Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge, Jamie Vardy, Dele Alli England 2-1 Wales In what was an immensely pressurised game England managed to come up with the goods, narrowly defeating Wales on Thursday. Gareth Bale put the Welshmen ahead just before half time with a free kick from a distance, which Joe Hart should have saved. England’s fight back began in the 56th minute as substitute Jamie Vardy scrambled the equaliser home and Daniel Sturridge found a way through all the bodies in the box to score the winner in the 91st minute. England largely lacked the attacking flair they displayed against Russia, only coming to life after Hodgson made changes bringing on Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, (who became the youngest player ever to play competitively for England) and Daniel Sturridge. Harry Kane disappointed and failed to earn his starting place, leaving Roy Hodgson with a selection headache up-front for the game against Slovakia on Monday. Qualification looks likely for England but they’ll want to make a statement on Monday. Beating Wales was an up-hill battle, as England’s defence was shaky at times and they were less then fluid going forward. Some of that fluency must be regained. WALES KEY MEN: Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Ben Davies, Ashley Williams Wales 1-2 England From a Welsh point of view England’s 91st minute winner was heart-breaking and put the question of their qualification from the group back in the balance. Gareth Bale has repeatedly emphasised the togetherness and team mentality in the Wales camp and it definitely showed against England. Aaron Ramsey was immensely hard working, as were a lot of the team.
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