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European Under-21 Championship Qualifying

(ATT 22,647) 29th February 2012 - Kick off 18:00 Ref: Liran Liany

England U21 England U21 vs Belgium U21 Belgium U21

England U21 4

H Lansbury (9, 53)
S Caulker (36)
A Oxlade-Chamberlain (pen 90+4)

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Belgium U21 0

England crush Belgium

Arsenal ace puts England on the verge of Euro 2013 qualification

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Henri Lansbury: Two from the young Gunner in 4-0 rout of Belgium leaves England one win short of Euro 2013 qualification

Henri Lansbury: Two from the young Gunner in 4-0 rout of Belgium leaves England one win short of Euro 2013 qualification

Henri Lansbury stole the show as England's U21s thumped Belgium 4-0 to put one foot in the Euro 2013 finals and stretch their lead at the top of Group 8 to seven points.

The West Ham midfielder, on loan from Arsenal, hit a wonder goal after just nine minutes and another after the break either side of one from Steven Caulker with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain completing the rout.

England Under-21s shrugged off the absence of manager Stuart Pearce to take another huge step towards qualification for Euro 2013 with a comfortable victory over Belgium in front of nearly 23,000 in Middlesbrough.

With Pearce taking charge of the seniors at Wembley, Brian Eastick guided the team to a victory that means Belgium can no longer catch them at the top of Group Eight, while Norway would need to win their remaining four games and have England drop points in their last two.

Henri Lansbury opened the scoring with a stunning cross-cum-shot from the wing, before Stephen Caulker headed in a second in the 35th minute.

When Lansbury added a third seven minutes into the second half, the three points were effectively wrapped up long before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's stoppage-time penalty.

England's plan was to use the pace of wingers Oxlade-Chamberlain and debutant Wilfried Zaha to get behind the Belgian defence and they set out full of running, with the wingers regularly switching sides to keep the visitors on their toes.

But it was Lansbury who really caught the eye, flashing a header wide from Martin Kelly's deep cross before opening the scoring in stunning fashion in the ninth minute.

There appeared little danger as he stood deep on the left wing but he fired the ball in and left goalkeeper Kaen Casteels rooted to the spot as it sailed into the far corner.

Martin Sordell was inches away from a Jordan Henderson cross moments later while Zaha saw a powerful left-footed effort turned away for a corner.

Belgium, who scored a last-minute winner in Mons when England dropped their only points of the qualifying campaign, were restricted to half-chances and failed to test Jack Butland as Thomas Meunier screwed a shot wide before Gianni Bruno blazed over.

It took a sliding tackle from Laurens De Bock to prevent Oxlade-Chamberlain breaking free, but from the resulting corner Caulker headed in after Craig Dawson nodded it back towards goal.

Ziguy Badibanga sent a dangerous ball across the face of goal but England quickly turned it into a chance of their own as they raced to the other end where Lansbury fired over.

There was a scare just before the break when Christian Benteke lost his man but headed wide from Badibanga's cross with the goal gaping.

England added a third seven minutes into the second half when the ball fell for Zaha on the right side of the penalty area and he drilled in a low ball for Lansbury to lash home.

Belgium had their best chance in response, with Badibanga's through ball finding the run of Bruno to get in behind the defence, but he slid his shot wide of the far post.

They had another chance after Kelly was dispossessed on the right, but Butland was out quickly to turn Nill De Pauw's effort wide.

Lansbury was denied the chance of a hat-trick as he was withdrawn 17 minutes from time in favour of Gary Gardner as England chose to shut up shop.

A vicious effort from Lamisha Musonda was blocked on the line and Butland than denied Jens Naessens when one-on-one in stoppage time as England protected their clean sheet before Oxlade-Chamberlain won a soft penalty which he drilled home himself with the last kick of the game.

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Matches

  • European Under-21 Championship Qualifying

    Wed 29th Feb - Group Eight
    • Azerbaijan U21
      1 - 0
      Iceland U21
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    • England U21
      4 - 0
      Belgium U21
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    Wed 29th Feb - Group Three
    • Wales U21
      4 - 0
      Andorra U21
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    Wed 29th Feb - Group One
    • Germany U21
      1 - 0
      Greece U21
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    • San Marino U21
      1 - 2
      Cyprus U21
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    Wed 29th Feb - Group Ten
    • Scotland U21
      0 - 0
      Holland U21
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Tables

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group One

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England U21 10 28
2 Finland U21 10 16
3 Moldova U21 10 16
4 Wales U21 10 12
5 Lithuania U21 10 8
6 San Marino U21 10 4

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Two

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Denmark U21 10 26
2 Russia U21 10 22
3 Slovenia U21 10 17
4 Bulgaria U21 10 9
5 Estonia U21 10 9
6 Andorra U21 10 1

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Three

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Slovakia U21 8 17
2 Holland U21 8 16
3 Georgia U21 8 11
4 Scotland U21 8 11
5 Luxembourg U21 8 1

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Four

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain U21 6 18
2 Austria U21 6 12
3 Hungary U21 6 6
4 Bosnia U21 6 6
5 Albania U21 8 6

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Five

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Croatia U21 8 19
2 Ukraine U21 8 19
3 Switzerland U21 8 15
4 Latvia U21 8 6
5 Liechtenstein U21 8 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Six

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany U21 8 20
2 Romania U21 8 12
3 Montenegro U21 8 11
4 Rep of Ireland U21 8 8
5 Faroe Islands U21 8 4

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Seven

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Sweden U21 8 16
2 Greece U21 8 15
3 Poland U21 8 15
4 Turkey U21 8 13
5 Malta U21 8 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Eight

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Portugal U21 8 24
2 Israel U21 8 15
3 Norway U21 8 9
4 Azerbaijan U21 8 7
5 Macedonia U21 8 4

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Nine

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy U21 8 18
2 Serbia U21 8 16
3 Belgium U21 8 16
4 Cyprus U21 8 6
5 N Ireland U21 8 3

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Ten

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 France U21 8 22
2 Iceland U21 8 16
3 Kazakhstan U21 8 9
4 Armenia U21 8 9
5 Belarus U21 8 3

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Eleven

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Sweden U21 2 6
2 Denmark U21 2 3
3 Macedonia U21 2 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Twelve

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bulgaria U21 2 6
2 Ukraine U21 2 3
3 Croatia U21 2 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Thirteen

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Israel U21 2 4
2 Turkey U21 2 2
3 Wales U21 2 1

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Fourteen

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 France U21 2 6
2 Slovenia U21 2 3
3 Scotland U21 2 0

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