England U21 crush Austria

25 March 2013 10:47

England Under-21s continued their record-breaking winning streak with a 4-0 triumph, but overcoming nine-man Austria was hardly the test Stuart Pearce will have hoped for in the last scheduled match ahead of this summer's European Championships.

The Young Lions' ninth consecutive victory without conceding was an easy one in the end and will put them in confident mood for the trip to Israel in June.

However, it was hardly the competitive fare Pearce will have craved as he looks to whittle down his options to a 23-man squad for the tournament.

Austria impressed in the first half and had threatened to breach the England backline for the first time in 16 months on more than one occasion.

However, the red cards handed out to Richard Strebinger and Patrick Farkas either side of half-time killed the game as a contest, with Jonjo Shelvey and substitute Josh McEachran netting from the resulting set-pieces.

Fellow substitute Marvin Sordell and man-of-the-match Connor Wickham also got in on the act as England ran riot, although how much Pearce will take from the result is questionable.

Source: PA

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