England subs earn 2-1 win over Wales

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June 17, 2016
England's Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the Euro 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at the Bollaert stadium in Lens, France. (AP Photo)
England's Daniel Sturridge (front) celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Euro 2016 Group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert stadium in Lens, France yesterday. Behind are Marcus Rashford, left, and Jamie Vardy. (AP Photo)
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LENS (AP):

Jamie Vardy equalised with his third touch of the ball. Daniel Sturridge scored the winning goal in the first minute of injury time.

England's halftime substitutes came up big.

Emboldened by some aggressive changes by coach Roy Hodgson, England rallied to beat Wales 2-1 in an all-British match at the European Championship to go to the top of Group B.

defensive-minded coach

Gareth Bale put Wales ahead in the 42nd minute by scoring his second long-range free kick of the tournament, forcing Hodgson into some bold halftime changes that belied his reputation as a defensive-minded coach.

Vardy took 11 minutes to score, pouncing on a miscued headed clearance by Wales captain Ashley Williams to hook in a finish from six meters. Sturridge also perked up England's attack with his movement and probing runs, and scored the winner after forcing his way into the area, shoving aside his marker and finishing right-footed inside the near post.

Vardy's impact strengthened his claims to start ahead of Kane against Slovakia. He was Leicester's top scorer with 24 goals in the team's surprising Premier League title triumph last season and has now scored in four of his last five England appearances.

"We are all in this together and when you come off the bench you want to make an impact," Vardy said.

"Luckily, I did today."

The victory ended a winless run of five games for Hodgson in major tournaments.

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