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Young's strike enough for England

Published 07/09/2011 | 05:00

Ashley Young gave England a first Wembley win in 12 months with the only goal of the game against Wales in this Euro 2012 Group G qualifier.

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The Manchester United star converted a centre from Stewart Downing after 35 minutes.

England dominated after a bright opening from the visitors, but chances were at a premium before Young struck his third international goal.

Fabio Capello recalled Frank Lampard for the clash with their neighbours. Lampard, left out of the side which won in Bulgaria on Friday, and James Milner were included in place of Scott Parker and the injured Theo Walcott.

Wales were without the suspended duo of Craig Bellamy and David Vaughan and brought Jack Collison and Andrew Crofts into their line-up.

England enjoyed plenty of possession against a Wales side searching for their first Wembley win for 34 years. Neil Taylor was struggling to contain Downing and one cross for Wayne Rooney was intercepted at by Darcy Blake.

Young dragged a cross back from the byline, but it was just too far behind Downing for him to keep his volley down. After 35 minutes, Young broke the deadlock.

Downing easily skipped past Joe Ledley before turning the ball across the six-yard box and Young made no mistake at the near post.

The second half continued in much the same vain until the 67th-minute introduction of Rob Earnshaw providing a talking point -- the mercurial striker crucially missing from point-blank range 10 minutes after coming on.

There was still time for one last chance, but Joe Hart saved herocially from Chris Gunter.

Irish Independent

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