By Andy Hyslop
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Daniel Sturridge struck a late winner to give England victory over Wales and the three points that take them to the top of the group.
Roy Hodgson named a unchanged starting eleven from Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Russia and despite dominating the first-half went in 1-0 down at half-time.
1-0 down at half-time, England were starring at an another early exit from a major tournament and Hodgson would have been fearing for his job.
Wales went ahead on 42 minutes when Gareth Bale struck a long range free-kick that Hart should have done better to save. The England goalkeeper palmed Bale’s effort into the back of his net.
Hodgson made two changes at half-time, bringing on Sturridge and Vardy in place of Kane and Sterling and the two men would become England’s heroes.
Vardy drew England level on 56 minutes from close range despite calls from the Welsh for offside. Vardy was in an offside position but the ball fell to him off Wales captain Ashley Williams.
England continued to dominate like they had done in the first-half. Wales appeared happy to defend and try to hit England on the break.
The winner eventually came in injury-time as England enjoyed the euphoria of last minute win after conceding a late goal on Saturday that denied a win.
Sturridge toe poked home from close range after laying the ball off to Alli before receiving it back to break Welsh hearts.
Top Of The Group
The win takes England to the top of Group B on four points, with both Wales and Slovakia sitting on three points after two group games.
In the final group games, England play Slovakia, knowing that a win will take them through to the last sixteen as group winners.