6 March, 2014 - 10:02

FIFA International friendlies' results

England get a narrow victory against Denmark, Pedro helps Spain to beat Italy, France please home fans with Holland win.

Late Daniel Sturridge header proved enough to win against Denmark at Wembley, but England quite commonly lacked creativity thoughout the match. Roy Hodgson started five Liverpool players and introduced Southampton duo Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana to light the game up. It was Southampton midfielder who made a great cross to find Liverpool hitman Daniel Sturridge on 82 minutes that saw England get a narrow win.

Denmark manager Morten Olsen was not impressed with opposition abilities and said in his post-match interview:

‘Good luck in the World Cup… you’ll need it.
‘I think we would have won if Christian Eriksen was playing tonight.’

His counterpart Roy Hodgson, however, looked satisfied with England performance:
‘This was an important game tonight. It was important we put in a good performance. I wanted a level of energy, players running back when they lost the ball, making tackles from the wrong side, not being afraid to make mistakes knowing with their pace they can recover.
‘That’s what I did see, and we put the icing on the cake with the goal to win it.

Pedro scored the only goal for Spain in Madrid but Furia Roja put in commanding performance against Euro 2012 finalists Italy.

Germany survived Chile rush to win 1-0 courtesy of an early Mario Gotze goal.

France beat one of the World Cup favorites Netherlands in Paris courtesy of Karim Benzema and Blaise Matuidi first half goals.

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Author: Leon Smolski

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6 March 2014, 12:05

So many great teams at World Cup, can't wait..

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