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Dawson and Sordell feature in comfortable England U21 win, neither manages a goal

Phil Cole

England's U21 side is unbeaten in 16 months and have not conceded a goal since losing 2-1 away to Belgium in November 2011, a run of eight matches. They took their high-flying form to Wycombe Wanderers' Adams Park on Thursday evening to take on Romania in a U21 friendly. The Three Lions side featured two Bolton Wanderers.

Craig Dawson started the match in the center of defense for England and went the full 90 minutes in what would ultimately be a comfortable 3-0 win for the Lions. Romania had the better of the opening chances and nearly opened the scoring but an Andre Wisdom block (and good shout for handball) stopped the play. England would open the scoring through an impressive Wilfred Zaha goal as he ran across the area and fired home to the far post, past the Romanian goalkeeper, Brenescu.

The second goal came right after the hour mark thanks to halftime substitute Jack Robinson (Liverpool, currently on loan to Wolverhampton). Jonjo Shelvey lofted a cross to the far post and it was Robinson who arrived quickly to hit it home on the volley.

Marvin Sordell would enter the match just two minutes after that, on 64, to replace Wilfred Zaha. Sordell failed to get on the scoresheet but did manage to trouble Brenescu late on, with his shot ultimately deflected behind for an England corner. It did not take too long after that for Nathan Delfounseo to get England's third and wrap it up.

England will next welcome Austria to Brighton & Hove Albion's Amex Stadium on Monday in what is currently scheduled as their final match before this summer's U21 European Championship.