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What is it with England and last minute goals lately.
After the agony of Saturday it was the sheer ecstasy of Thursday afternoon.

The celebrations for England fans would have gone long into the night and there would certainly have been some sore heads this morning as Roy Hodgson’s side won the so called “Battle Of Britain”.

Substitutions once again played a key part in the game for England.

If they were to England’s detriment on Saturday then they were to be a massive positive this time around.

But the question that has to be asked is that did Hodgson only play that card because he was forced into it?

Yes it was good he made the positive changes after both Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling turned in poor performances.

But if England weren’t behind then would there have been the same misguided loyalty in his players.

Have we almost lucked into what is now our best 11.

I’d be surprised if Sterling gets another start in this tournament his performances have been woeful.

While Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge will definitely be knocking on the door to start against Slovakia.

The game did not really get going until 20 minutes or so. Sterling had the best of what the few early chances there were.

Adam Lallana’s well placed cross was teed up for Sterling to prod home but instead he let the ball go across his body and he ended up scuffing over the bar with his left foot.

For all the hype it was going to be a relatively cagey start almost scrappy at times but then the game started to warm up.

England may have felt they had a shout for a Penalty as Ben Davies seem to handle the ball but it was deemed unintentional.

Then Chris Smalling saw his header from 12 yards just sail wide of the post.

Wales were comfortable in position but not really effective with it at the same time.

Joe Allen was failing to find Gareth Bale and the Real Madrid forward cut a lonely figure.

But Wales showed fight and desire and it was epitomised by Hal Robson-Kanu he tussled to win the ball back from Wayne Rooney with the record England goalscorer then going on to give away a freekick in frustration after losing possession.

Rooney should have known better not to give away a freekick but it was 35 yards out and it wasn’t that much of a threat.
But step forward Gareth Bale.

After his goal against Slovakia on Saturday he certainly fancied his chances.

This one was further out though.

A fantastic strike to get it on target from that range.

But surely Joe Hart would be equal to that.

Only he wasn’t.

Hart didn’t show enough strength in his wrists as he tried to palm the ball out. The ball then slipping past him and rolling into the England net to give Wales the advantage just two minutes before the break.

The red parts of the stadium were in raptures while England fans across the country were cursing yet another of those England performances.

Half time came and Hodgson was forced into substitutons.
Without sounding dramatic, ones that could have almost saved his job.

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