England secures win against Wales

England hit back after Gareth Bale’s goal for Wales and went top of Group B thanks to goals from Jamie Vardy and Danie

Gareth Bale had given Wales the half-time lead with a swerving free-kick from 35 yards, ushered into the net by Joe Hart, but England were a different proposition once Jamie Vardy and Sturridge came on at the break.First Sturridge helped set up Vardy, who swept home from close-range in the 55th minute, then the pair exchanged roles as the Liverpool man beat Wayne Hennessey at the near post to spark joyous celebrations.


Captain Wayne Rooney, playing in midfield again, saluted the character in this England side and the depth in the squad.

"In the first half I thought did okay but we had to move ball the quicker," said Rooney.

"We were unfortunate to go in one down, in the second half the manager made changes and it paid off.

"We kept probing and got the win in the end, we showed a lot of character today.

"We know as a group of players it's not just an 11-man team, there are 23 players in squad and we trust each other to do a job.

"We've showed we have a good squad with some very exciting players and it was great to win the game like we did.

"We've got one game to go and we need to finish the job on Monday. It was a great victory and a fully deserved one."


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