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Published: 15:30 | 16/6/16

Sturridge nets late to seal victory


Daniel Sturridge was the hero for England as he scored in stoppage time to secure a 2-1 victory in their Euro 2016 Group B clash with Wales

Having seen his side go down to a Gareth Bale free-kick shortly before half-time, England manager Roy Hodgson responded by introducing Jamie Vardy and Sturridge at the start of the second half.

The decision yielded dividends with Vardy netting from close range to bring England into the match before Sturridge fired his team into the lead in stoppage time.

The result leaves England at the top of Group B, one point clear of Wales, heading into the final round of games.

Hodgson resisted calls to make changes to his starting line-up, preferring to keep faith with the team that drew 1-1 with Russia on Saturday night and it was England who started the brighter as they dominated much of the early ball.

Raheem Sterling had a brilliant opportunity to put his side in front with just seven minutes on the clock when Adam Lallana pulled the pall across into the middle to set up his team-mate, only for the Manchester City player to miss from ten yards.

Engladn went close again through Gary Caill but their chances went a begging and as the first half wore on, Wales came back into the game.

With just three minutes remaining in the half, Wayne Rooney conceded a free-kick 35 yards out and Bale stepped up with a swerving strike which beat Joe Hart, although the England goalkeeper could have done better.

Change was needed and Hodgson made the decision to send Vary and Sturridge on for Harry Kane and Sterling. England took control of proceedings and it with ten minutes on the clock Vardy struck from close range after being played onside by Ashley Williams.

England dominated large parts of the second half and as they searched for a winner, Hodgson brought on Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford.

As the game ticked into injury time the game looked set to end in a draw but England continued to press and their hard work paid off in the 92nd minutes when Sturridge charged into the area to beat Wayne Hennessey at the near post.

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