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Good night for Parker, Bale

Posted on 3 September 2011  - 12:00

Scott Parker helped England take a big step towards the Euro 2012 finals on Friday night - with further assistance from Gareth Bale.

Scott Parker helped England take a big step towards the Euro 2012 finals on Friday night - with further assistance from Gareth Bale.

Our new recruit from West Ham was outstanding in a central midfield role as the Three Lions beat Bulgaria 3-0 in Sofia.

Indeed, Scott played a part in the third goal just before half-time as the ball broke loose from his defensive block, England countered and Ashley Young squared for Wayne Rooney to tap home.

That was Rooney's second goal with the opener from Gary Cahill.

Fabio Capello's men opened up a three-point lead at the top of Group G thanks to Wales' fine 2-1 win against rivals Montenegro at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Gareth was also in fine form, this time on the right-hand side of a front three in Wales 4-3-3 system.

Wales were already 1-0 up when he rifled in a 30-yarder that Montenegro goalkeeper Mladen Bozovic did well to tip over.

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A constant threat, it was no surprise when Gareth set-up the vital second goal, bursting down the right before squaring for Aaron Ramsey to finish from close range.

Stevan Jovatic pulled a goal back for the visitors after 71 minutes but Wales held on for their first competitive win under new boss Gary Speed.

Elsewhere in Euro 2012 qualifying, Vedran Corluka played 90 minutes as Croatia beat Malta 3-1 in Group F. Luka Modric was an unused substitute. Croatia still trail Greece by one point.

Younes Kaboul started again for France as they held on for a 2-1 win in Albania in Group D while Roman Pavlyuchenko came on as a second half substitute as Russia beat Macedonia 1-0 to top Group B.