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Match Report: England Under 21s 4-0 Belgium Under 21s

Henri Lansbury scored a double to fire England closer to Euro 2012 qualification

England recorded a convincing win over Belgium thanks to a Henri Lansbury brace.

This victory sees England edge ever so closer to the UEFA European Championships 2013, as they sit top of their group and seven points clear of the chasing pack.

Brian Eastick took temporary charge of the Young Lions whilst Stuart Pearce looked after the seniors in their game against Holland at Wembley.

23,000 fans turned out to watch England in action last night and were not disappointed when Henri Lansbury’s opener stunned Belgium goalkeeper Koen Casteels.

He picked up the ball on the left flank and provided a deep cross which fell superbly into the top right hand corner of the net. The goal was much like Messi’s wonder goal for Barcelona at the weekend, but with Lansbury scoring from open play, does it make it that tad more impressive?

Ziguy Badibanga and Thomas Meunier gave the Belgian’s their first chances but netiher could capitalize and find a way past Jordan Butland between the sticks.

Stephen Caulker gave England their second of the match as a Lansbury corner found Craig Dawson who headed back across goal into the path of Caulker who nodded the ball in.

In the early stages of the second half England added a third. The very impressive Wilfred Zaha, making his Under 21s debut, knocked the ball back to Lansbury just inside the box who was on hand to place the ball into the net.

Jens Naessens squandered Belgium’s best chance of the game in the closing stages. He fell through one on one with Butland but was unable to take the ball round the goalkeeper and produced an excellent save from Butland.

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain added the final goal of the match as he earned a penalty and then converted it. The Arsenal winger lost the ball on the right flank but wrestled for it back before running into the box and being brought down.

England now take on Azerbaijan away in their next group game which could secure qualification.

About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.


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