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05/03/2014 21:53, Report by Adam Marshall
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impressing. Wayne Rooney had a number of efforts, including a couple of free-kicks, before being replaced by Danny Welbeck and the substitute forced one of a string of saves by Kasper Schmeichel. However, Daniel Sturridge made the breakthrough by heading in an Adam Lallana cross.

Earlier in the day, Shinji Kagawa created the opener and converted a penalty as Japan roared into a four-goal lead against New Zealand before winning 4-2. Javier Hernandez featured in Mexico's 0-0 draw with Nigeria but came off at half-time with a knee injury.

At Under-21 level, Michael Keane's withdrawal before kick-off left England with no United representatives against Wales as Jesse Lingard and Wilfried Zaha were not introduced off the bench. Tom Lawrence did feature for the Welsh in their 1-0 defeat at Derby's iPro Stadium and was a threat from set-pieces, seeing one free-kick blocked by the English wall.

Paddy McNair played the last 13 minutes of Northern Ireland Under-21s' 2-0 reverse to Italy but Marnick Vermijl was an unused substitute in Belgium youngsters' 3-0 home defeat to Serbia.

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