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U21 duo into play-offs

Posted on 7 September 2010  - 12:00

Danny Rose and Kyle Walker helped England Under-21s into the play-offs for the European Championship finals on Tuesday.

U21 duo into play-offs

Danny Rose and Kyle Walker helped England Under-21s into the play-offs for the European Championship finals on Tuesday.

Both players started as the Three Lions overcame Lithuania 3-0 at Colchester's new Weston Homes Community Stadium.

With Greece already securing top spot in Group 9, England had to win the game to take one of the play-off places available for the four best runners-up in the 10 groups.

Danny set-up the first good chance of the first half, missed by Manchester United's Danny Welbeck and then fired the best chance of the half just over from 10 yards.

Kyle was replaced by Jack Wilshere in a tactical switch in the second half and Danny saw another effort blocked as England piled on the pressure.

Eventually, Welbeck found the breakthrough just after the hour and further goals from Villa's Marc Albrighton and Welbeck's second made it a comfortable final scoreline.

England now go into Friday's draw for the play-offs. The winners of those seven ties played on October 9 and 13 will join hosts Denmark in next summer's finals.

2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs
Group winners
Group 1: Romania
Group 2: Switzerland
Group 3: Italy
Group 4: Netherlands
Group 5: Czech Republic
Group 6: Sweden
Group 7: Croatia
Group 8: Ukraine
Group 9: Greece
Group 10: Scotland

Four best runners-up
Spain, England, Belarus, Iceland