Pearce’s Young Lions comfortably defeat Austria 4-0 in friendly

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By Liam Lawrence

Stuart Pearce’s youngsters secured their ninth consecutive victory with a 4-0 win over Austria at the Amex.

England continued with their winning streak and kept another clean sheet with goals coming from Jonjo Shelvey, Josh McEachran, Marvin Sordell and Conor Wickham.

This victory is the last before the European Championships in Israel and will ensure they go into the tournament with high spirits and unfaltering confidence.

Swiss official Adrien Jaccottets red cards to Austria’s goalkeeper Richard Strebinger and defender Peter Farkas on either side of half time turned the tide in favor of England.

Strebinger was dismissed after handling the ball outside the area and Shelvey hammered home the resulting free kick.

A handball in the area from Farkas resulted in his second yellow card and Josh McEachran converted the penalty to make it two.

After Austria were down to nine men England were free to dominate with number three coming from Marvin Sordell with a shot from close range.

The final nail in the coffin came on the 74th minute when Conor Wickham avoided the offside trap, took it round the keeper and coolly slotted it in.

“It was give or take before the sending off,” said England manager Stuart Pearce.

“But there were a lot of pluses, they certainly outweighed the negatives.”

England will be prime contenders for success in the European Championships with this ninth consecutive win and having not conceded in any of these games.

Pearce’s side start the championships against Italy on 5 June before facing Norway three days later and then play the hosts on 11 June.

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