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Welbeck shines in England success

Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 19.55CET
England 3-0 Lithuania
Danny Welbeck scored two and set up the other as the 2009 finalists booked a play-off spot.
Welbeck shines in England success
Danny Welbeck (left) celebrates his second and England's third with Jordan Henderson ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 19.55CET

Welbeck shines in England success

England 3-0 Lithuania
Danny Welbeck scored two and set up the other as the 2009 finalists booked a play-off spot.

England secured their place in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs as one of the four best runners-up thanks to a comfortable defeat of Lithuania.

Needing a victory to stand a chance of progressing, the hosts made a prolonged period of pressure tell just after the hour mark when substitute Jack Wilshere set up Danny Welbeck. Another replacement, Marc Albrighton, made the points safe in the 79th minute before the impressive Welbeck struck his second late on.

England fashioned the first of what would turn out to be many chances on 11 minutes when Daniel Sturridge – scorer of the winner against Portugal on Friday – dragged a shot wide from Ryan Bertrand's left-wing cross.

Captain Michael Mancienne then tested Vytautas Černiauskas and Danny Rose fired over having been teed up by Welbeck, yet for all of the hosts' pressure, Mantas Fridrikas came within the width of a post of giving Lithuania the lead with a low free-kick which Frank Fielding fumbled on to the upright.

That aside, Stuart Pearce's team had been building up a head of steam as the first period ended, and they were quickly on the offensive after the restart with Rose having a shot deflected over and Sturridge bending a shot wide. The chances kept coming and, following Černiauskas's save from Sturridge, the breakthrough arrived when an incisive pass from Wilshere found Welbeck, who slotted across goal into the far corner.

Welbeck then turned provider with a low ball which Albrighton swept in at the far post, and eased in number three in added time following a neat flick into his path from Sunderland AFC team-mate Jordan Henderson.

Last updated: 27/03/13 4.41CET

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Lineups

England

England

Lithuania

Lithuania

1
FieldingFrank Fielding (GK)
1
ČerniauskasVytautas Černiauskas (GK)
2
WalkerKyle Walker
Substitution46
2
KlimavičiusLinas Klimavičius (C)
Yellow Card14
3
BertrandRyan Bertrand
3
FridrikasMantas Fridrikas
4
MancienneMichael Mancienne (C)
4
AndriuškevičiusVytautas Andriuškevičius
5
SmallingChris Smalling
5
UrbaitisKarolis Urbaitis
Substitution72
6
JonesPhil Jones
Yellow Card39
8
VaitkūnasEgidijus Vaitkūnas
7
CleverleyTom Cleverley
Substitution64
10
ŽulpaArtūras Žulpa
Yellow Card32
Substitution88
8
HendersonJordan Henderson
11
Tad. EliošiusTadas Eliošius
Yellow Card14
9
WelbeckDanny Welbeck
Goal62
Goal90+1
13
ChvedukasKarolis Chvedukas
10
SturridgeDaniel Sturridge
Substitution78
14
ČernychFedor Černych
Substitution83
11
RoseDanny Rose
18
NovikovasArvydas Novikovas

Substitutes

13
SmithiesAlex Smithies (GK)
12
VitkauskasArmantas Vitkauskas (GK)
12
KellyMartin Kelly
7
VaskelaArminas Vaskela
Substitution72
14
AlbrightonMarc Albrighton
Substitution64
Goal79
9
MastianicaEdgaras Mastianica
Substitution88
15
CorkJack Cork
Substitution78
15
MiškinisMarius Miškinis
16
WilshereJack Wilshere
Substitution46
16
BiskysErnestas Biskys
17
MuambaFabrice Muamba
17
BrokasAudrius Brokas
Substitution83
18
DelfounesoNathan Delfouneso
19
JasaitisEdvinas Jasaitis

Coach

Stuart Pearce (ENG) Vitalijus Stankevičius (LTU)

Referee

Matej Jug (SVN)

Assistant referees

Robert Zirnstein (SVN), Milan Kogej (SVN)

Fourth official

Davor Drecnik (SVN)

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