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Football: Sturridge header rewards rough-edged England

Published on Mar 6, 2014 6:43 AM
England striker Daniel Sturridge (right) celebrates scoring the opening goal during the international friendly football match between England and Denmark at Wembley Stadium in London on March 5, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

LONDON (AFP) - Daniel Sturridge scored an 82nd-minute header to give England a 1-0 win over Denmark on Wednesday in their last friendly before manager Roy Hodgson names his World Cup squad.

Hodgson gave a debut to Southampton left-back Luke Shaw and experimented with a malleable new playing system, but it took the second-half introductions of Adam Lallana and Danny Welbeck to give England a spark.

Lallana teed up the winning goal for Sturridge, whose back-post header ended a 264-minute goal drought for England at Wembley Stadium after November's friendly defeats by Chile and Germany.

It was a night that left Hodgson with as many questions as answers, but when his side next take to the field at Wembley against Peru on May 30, he will have already selected his squad for the trip to Brazil.

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