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European Under-21 Championship Qualifying

Proact Stadium (ATT 9,947) 10th September 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Slavko Vincic

England U21 England U21 vs Norway U21 Norway U21

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Wickham winner for Young Lions

Pearce's men secure top spot and seeding in play-off draw

Last Updated: 11/09/12 8:03am

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Connor Wickham: Netted the only goal of the game against Norway

Connor Wickham: Netted the only goal of the game against Norway

England's U21s will head into the 2013 European Championship play-offs on a high after a solitary effort from Connor Wickham saw them edge out Norway.

A 1-0 victory at Chesterfield's Proact Stadium over their nearest challengers ensured that the Young Lions finished top of Group Eight.

Both sides were, however, already assured of a play-off berth heading into the game, with other results going their way.

It was, however, important for Stuart Pearce's side to pick up a win and ensure they that will be seeded in the draw - handing them a theoretically easier passage to the finals.

Pearce made five changes from the side that started Thursday's 2-0 win over Azerbaijan.

Jason Steele returned in goal after missing out through illness in Baku, meaning Ben Amos replaced Declan Rudd on the bench.

Preferred

Ryan Bennett came in at centre-half for the suspended Craig Dawson while midfielder Ben Marshall made his full debut in place of the injured Jason Lowe.

Wickham and Martyn Waghorn were preferred in attack ahead of Wilfred Zaha and Marvin Sordell, who were both among the substitutes.

Waghorn saw a thunderous left-foot shot pushed away by Norway goalkeeper Arild Ostbo in the sixth minute before Bennett headed over from the resulting corner.

Tom Ince looked like he would put England ahead when he sneaked in between the Norwegian defence and keeper on the half-hour mark.

The Blackpool midfielder managed to clip the ball goalwards past Ostbo but it rolled off target.

Wickham showed Ince how it was done after 43 minutes.

Mistake

The Sunderland striker latched onto a defensive mistake and, bearing down on goal, tucked away his chance well from close-range.

It was the 19-year-old's first goal since October last year.

Norway started to come into the game after half-time and substitute Yann-Erik de Lanlay shot narrowly wide on the hour and ten minutes later Nielsen rattled Steele's crossbar.

Norway almost caught England out again in the 73rd minute. Omar Elabdellaoui broke clear and flicked the ball wide to Mushaga Bakenga but his cross-shot was diverted over for a corner.

With nine minutes remaining, a strike at goal from Harmeet Singh 25-yards out had Steele stretching but the Middlesbrough keeper grabbed the ball at the second attempt.

Man of the match Danny Rose joined Shelvey in collecting a needless yellow card after kicking the ball away as England withstood some more late pressure to hold on for the win.

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Matches

  • European Under-21 Championship Qualifying

    Mon 10th Sep - Group One
    • Belarus U21
      1 - 0
      San Marino U21
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    • Greece U21
      1 - 0
      Cyprus U21
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    • Bosnia U21
      4 - 4
      Germany U21
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    Mon 10th Sep - Group Three
    • Czech R U21
      5 - 0
      Wales U21
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    • Montenegro U21
      0 - 0
      Armenia U21
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    Mon 10th Sep - Group Six
    • Russia U21
      2 - 2
      Moldova U21
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    • Poland U21
      0 - 0
      Portugal U21
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    Mon 10th Sep - Group Nine
    • Slovakia U21
      6 - 0
      Kaz'stan U21
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    • Latvia U21
      0 - 4
      Romania U21
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    Mon 10th Sep - Group Ten
    • Austria U21
      3 - 2
      Scotland U21
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    • Lux'bourg U21
      1 - 3
      Bulgaria U21
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    Mon 10th Sep - Group Seven
    • Italy U21
      2 - 4
      Rep Ire U21
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    • Hungary U21
      2 - 0
      Liec'stein U21
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    Mon 10th Sep - Group Four
    • Serbia U21
      5 - 1
      Macedonia U21
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    • Denmark U21
      3 - 0
      N Ireland U21
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    Mon 10th Sep - Group Two
    • Sweden U21
      2 - 1
      Ukraine U21
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    • Lithuania U21
      1 - 3
      Finland U21
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    Mon 10th Sep - Group Eight
    • England U21
      1 - 0
      Norway U21
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    • Belgium U21
      5 - 0
      Iceland U21
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    Mon 10th Sep - Group Five
    • Spain U21
      6 - 0
      Croatia U21
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    • Switzerland U21
      3 - 0
      Estonia 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 8 22
2 Moldova U21 8 13
3 Finland U21 8 12
4 Wales U21 8 10
5 Lithuania U21 7 7
6 San Marino U21 9 4

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Two

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Denmark U21 8 20
2 Russia U21 7 16
3 Slovenia U21 8 11
4 Bulgaria U21 8 8
5 Estonia U21 7 8
6 Andorra U21 8 1

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Three

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Holland U21 5 13
2 Slovakia U21 6 13
3 Georgia U21 7 8
4 Scotland U21 6 7
5 Luxembourg U21 6 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 7 16
2 Switzerland U21 6 12
3 Ukraine U21 4 7
4 Latvia U21 5 6
5 Liechtenstein U21 6 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Six

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany U21 6 14
2 Montenegro U21 6 11
3 Romania U21 6 9
4 Rep of Ireland U21 7 8
5 Faroe Islands U21 7 1

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Seven

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Poland U21 7 15
2 Greece U21 6 12
3 Turkey U21 6 10
4 Sweden U21 6 10
5 Malta U21 7 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Eight

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Portugal U21 6 18
2 Israel U21 5 9
3 Norway U21 7 9
4 Macedonia U21 6 4
5 Azerbaijan U21 6 4

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Nine

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Serbia U21 6 13
2 Belgium U21 7 13
3 Italy U21 6 12
4 Cyprus U21 6 6
5 N Ireland U21 7 3

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Ten

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 France U21 6 18
2 Iceland U21 6 12
3 Kazakhstan U21 7 9
4 Armenia U21 6 6
5 Belarus U21 7 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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