Roy Hodgson is one relieved man at the moment as England were able to see off Wales with a last-minute goal. Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy were sent as the half time substitutes after Gareth Bale’s stunning free kick had given Wales the lead early on.
Understandably, England camp must have been very nervous during their half time talk, however, two bold moves from the manager turned the game in their favor. Out of touch Harry Kane and hopeless Raheem Sterling were taken off with Sturridge and Vardy given the role of bringing England back in the game, and so they did.
Despite controlling the game throughout the first half, England failed to get on the score-sheet with Sterling missing a golden chance. England’s front three were awfully quiet with all the play coming from Wayne Rooney, Dele Alli controlling the midfield and Kyle Walker bombing on from the right hand side.
Wales for their part were unable to live with England’s passing and constant switching of play. In Ashley Williams and Steven Davies, Welsh side were putting their bodies on the line which never allowed England to get near Wayne Hennessey’s goal.
Half time whistle saw Wales go in with a 1-0 lead which prompted the England fans to boo their own team and jeer them to do better in the second half. It saw Roy Hodgson send his two stand-in strikers Vardy and Sturridge and it had an immediate impact on the team.
Harry Kane was taken off after another poor game for England with Sturridge playing through the middle and Vardy darting from the left hand side. Like first half, England started well and had the control over the proceedings, however, this time there was to be an end product as well.
Jamie Vardy managed to break Welsh offside trap from a set play and swung his right foot to good effect to bring the game on level terms. From there on, it was a one sided match with England going all out for the win.
Marcus Rashford was sent on to make the impact and it worked with Welsh defense stretched and barely hanging on. Despite all the endeavor, it looked like another poor result for The Three Lions with game heading towards a draw.
Daniel Sturridge however had other ideas as he popped up on the 92nd minute to strike home England’s first win at Euro 2016. Sturridge’s goal has now put England on top of Group B with four points and has given them a decent chance of qualifying from the group stages.
It all could have been a different story with different headlines had England only managed to draw the game against Wales. But as they say, you can never rule out anything in the game of football, England went from on the verge of elimination to topping Group B within a minute and are now certain of reaching the final-16.