Just when their hopes appeared to be heading to a dead-end, Hodgson brought on Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge which proved decisive. The pair enabled England get back into the game and suddenly the hopes were back on track.
If Vardy’s goal brought them back into the game, Sturridge’s goal in injury time lifted the gloom that engulfed the English supporters at half-time. Now England can breathe easy as they look almost certain to qualify for the next round, barring a disastrous outing against Slovakia. For Wales, it is a tough pill to swallow but they need to pick their game back and not let their guard down against Russia.
Player of the game
England looked down and out at half-time and they were even booed by their supporters. The introduction of Vardy and Sturridge brought England back into the contest. It is easy to believe that Sturridge’s last-gasp winner was the difference but Wayne Rooney’s performance throughout the game was exemplary. The English captain’s control from the midfield was not to be overlooked in the haze of goals by Vardy and Sturridge.