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Welbeck on double to roll Swiss in Basle

DANNY Welbeck hit two second-half goals to get England's Euro 2016 qualifying campaign off to the bext possible start against Switzerland in Basle.

The 23-year-old (above) showed why Arsenal paid £16million for his signature as he turned home a Raheem Sterling cross on a lightning counter-attack that also involved captain Wayne Rooney.

And the former Manchester United man rounded off the win in injury time with a well-taken finish.

Hodgson turned the air blue following criticism of his team at Wembley last Wednesday, but tonight he will have nothing but kind words to say about his team after they put in a much-improved display.

The attacking triumvirate of Welbeck, Sterling and Rooney created many chances, but their finishing let them down until Welbeck poked home his first England goal since September 6, 2013.

Fabian Delph, making his full debut, also put in a strong display in the middle of the park.

Ireland U19s beat Dutch

IRELAND'S Under-19s scored an impressive 1-0 friendly win over The Netherlands at Tallaght Stadium last night.

Eoghan Stokes hit the all-important goal from the penalty spot in the 25th minute after Josh Cullen was taken down in the penalty box.

They next play Sweden in a friendly next month.