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Wilf Helps Young Lions Secure Euro Spot

18 October 2012

Wilfried Zaha helped the England under 21 side secure a place at Euro 2013 in Israel next summer after winning both legs of their play-off against Serbia 1-0. 

Wilf played the full 90 minutes last Friday night at Carrow Road as a Craig Dawson spot-kick gave the Young Lions a slender lead to take to Serbia the following Tuesday. The Palace winger again started the game but was replaced on 74 minutes by Liverpool's Raheem Sterling but a last minute goal from Connor Wickham ensured England's progression with a 2-0 aggregate win.

Ugly scenes marred the end of the game, with some of the English players being subjected to racial abuse and missiles thrown from the Serbian fans alongside physical attacks by the home players and staff as they attempted to leave the pitch.

In World Cup qualifying action, Darcy Blake and Lewis Price helped inspire Wales to their first points of the campaign after beating Scotland 2-1 in Cardiff thanks to two late Gareth Bale goals. 

The pair then lined up for the Red Dragons four days later on a rain-sodden pitch in Croatia, and only some fine shot-stopping by the Eagles' keeper prevented a larger defeat than the 2-0 scoreline Chris Coleman's side went down by to all but end their hopes of reaching Brazil in 2014.

Jonathan Parr came off the bench late on to win his seventh cap for his country as Norway picked up a credible point in Switzerland but the left-back sat out his side's 3-1 win in Cyprus on Tuesday night as they climbed to second in Group E. 

Australia's hopes of making it to Brazil were also strengthened as they came from behind to beat Iraq 2-1 to record their first victory of the campaign with Mile Jedinak playing all 90 minutes in Doha.

Friday night also saw Kagisho Dikgacoi play all 90 minutes as South Africa lost 1-0 in Poland in a friendly ahead of the Poles' ultimately postponed qualifier against England. KG also started against Kenya in Nairobi as Bafana Bafana won 2-1 as they continue to prepare for hosting next year's African Nations Cup.

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