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England super-subs thrilled

16-June-2016
16-June-2016 20:50
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Substitutes Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy were thrilled after coming off the bench against Wales and hauling England to within touching distance of the Euro 2016 knockout stages.

Sturridge's clever cross helped create Vardy's leveller 11 minutes after the break, while the Leicester forward combined with Dele Alli in the build-up to Sturridge's injury-time winner, after Gareth Bale’s free-kick had given the Welsh the lead at the break.

"It's a great feeling, unbelievable,” Sturridge told the BBC. “I'm grateful for the opportunity from the gaffer.

"It's a beautiful feeling to represent your country in a great rivalry against another country. It's great.”

Both Sturridge and Vardy went unused during England’s opening 1-1 draw with Russia in Marseille.

However, having taken full advantage of their belated introductions, they could well have earned a start against Slovakia in the Three Lions’ final group game on Monday.

“There's one more game in the group to go so no one's getting too excited but the atmosphere is unbelievable, and the togetherness between the two countries is amazing,” Sturridge added.

"It's a great feeling and hopefully we can go through. Will I start against Slovakia? That's the gaffer's decision. I'll just perform to the best I can in every game."

Vardy, who opened his account with just his third touch of the match, added: "Everyone wants to be a part of it," he said. "To come off the bench, you want to make an impact and I think I have today.

"But it's a team game, there's 23 of us and we are all in it together."