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Euro 2016 Qualifier: England 4-0 Lithuania

Harry Kane scored 79 seconds into his England debut and Wayne Rooney moved a step closer to Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time goal scoring record in a routine Euro 2016 dismissal of Lithuania at Wembley.

Kane – with 29 goals for Tottenham this season – emerged as a substitute after 70 minutes with England already on the way to a fifth win from five qualifiers with goals from Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Raheem Sterling.

The stage was set for the 21-year-old but even the man with the Midas touch in front of goal this season would have struggled to believe he would score with his third touch as a full England international, heading in Sterling’s cross at the far post.

It was the final flourish on an England win that was little more than a formality in a group that surely provides the safest of passages to France next summer.

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FA Cup: Man Utd 1-2 Arsenal

Danny Welbeck came back to haunt Louis van Gaal as the Manchester United manager was subjected to a night of despair and defeat at Old Trafford.

Capitalising on a horror backpass from Phil Jones, Welbeck sent Arsenal through to the semifinals of the FA Cup with a 61st-minute winner after Wayne Rooney had equalised Nacho Monreal’s opener.

To pile yet more misery on the United boss, he watched Angel Di Maria get sent off towards the end of the 2-1 defeat for pulling referee Michael Oliver’s shirt as he reacted angrily to being booked for diving.

Replays showed Di Maria was pulled back by Aaron Ramsey before he tumbled to the ground, but the way in which he reacted will not please United boss Van Gaal.

Di Maria can have little reason to complain. The £59.7m signing snatched at Oliver’s shirt as he turned away after issuing him with a booking.

The dismissal is the latest episode in a long list of disappointments for the British record signing, who Van Gaal hoped would bring silverware to Old Trafford.

With United 10 points behind Chelsea in the league, that dream is almost certainly over. After a mildly encouraging performance in the first half, United wilted and looked blunt after the restart. Welbeck, the Longsight lad who left his boyhood club for north London last summer, provided the killer touch after a clanger from Antonio Valencia.

Van Gaal claimed he controversially ditched Welbeck last summer because the striker did not score enough goals.

And while the forward has hardly been prolific at Arsenal, he will have enjoyed showing Van Gaal what he is missing here.

For Van Gaal, the dream of silverware may be over, but Arsene Wenger’s side are now very much favourites to regain the FA Cup after registering their first win at Old Trafford in nine years.

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Premiership: West Ham 1-2 Arsenal

Arsenal moved above West Ham in to the Premier League top five after inflicting a first home defeat on the Hammers since August.

Alex Song had a 20-yard volley ruled out for offside for the hosts.

Santi Cazorla put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot, following a foul by Winston Reid, before Danny Welbeck put Arsenal further in front.

Cheikhou Kouyate’s header gave the hosts hope but West Ham were unable to avoid a second successive defeat.

It was Arsenal’s ninth win in a row in all competitions against West Ham as they moved level on points with fourth-placed Southampton and just three points behind Manchester United in third.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce, who opted to rest key players Song and Diafra Sakho for the 2-0 defeat at Chelsea on Boxing Day,disagreed strongly with the decision to disallow Song’s goal, claiming Sakho was not in the eyeline of the goalkeeper when he was adjudged to be offside.

The Hammers had won six of their last seven league home games but, despite heavy late second-half pressure, lacked the quality needed for the leveller.

Former Arsenal man Song, on loan from Barcelona, almost made an instant impact with a low volley into the bottom corner of the net from 20 yards early on. Sakho was penalised for standing in an offside position in front of goal, though, despite not touching the ball.

While Allardyce’s men have exceeded expectations this season, Arsenal have had a mixed start to the campaign and they were very much on the back foot in the opening stages.

But the Gunners had failed to score in only one of their last 11 away matches in the Premier League and they were at it again before the break.

Cazorla punished Reid’s high leg in the box to roll home the resulting penalty for the opener. The lead was doubled minutes later as Welbeck was on hand to slide the ball in to the net from close range after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s low cross from the right.

Stunned by the deficit, West Ham restored hope soon after the break with Kouyate bundling Sakho’s cross from the right in to the net via Mathieu Debuchy.

But it was Arsenal who had the better chances, with Hammers keeper Adrian brilliantly denying Alexis Sanchez and Oxlade-Chamberlain, before the visitors survived a late aerial bombardment.

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Euro 2016 Qualifying: Engalnd 3-1 Slovenia

Wayne Rooney helped England survive a scare against Slovenia on his 100th international appearance as they came from behind to make it four wins from four in the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

Rooney was presented with a golden cap by England and Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton before kick-off in honour of his landmark but underdogs Slovenia threatened to spoil the celebrations when Jordan Henderson’s own goal gave them the lead just before the hour.

England’s captain quickly restored order with his 44th goal for his country from the penalty spot, putting him joint-third with Jimmy Greaves in the all-time standings and moving him to within five of Charlton’s record.

With Slovenia’s resistance finally broken, Danny Welbeck struck twice to bring his tally to an impressive five goals in qualifying.

The Wembley surface was the subject of much debate after areas were churned up in the NFL game between Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys last Sunday.

Conditions were not perfect, but this was no excuse for a dire first-half display from England.

The eventful second half was a far cry from a dreadful opening 45 minutes, which was devoid of action and flouted its billing as entertainment in front of a crowd of more than 82,000.

England’s supporters gave 29-year-old Rooney a warm ovation as he was presented with his cap accompanied by his sons Kai and Klay – but it was all downhill in the first half.

Manager Roy Hodgson will be delighted his side raised their game after the break, stung into action by Slovenia’s goal, the first they have conceded so far in the qualifiers.

Rooney laid the foundations before Welbeck once more proved his importance as he followed his two goals against Switzerland and one against San Marino with another double here.

Once again England collected three points without truly impressing, the trend emerging from Group E, which they will surely move through untroubled to France in 2016.

And Hodgson, with another competitive victory secured, can now perhaps experiment in Tuesday’s friendly against Scotland at Celtic Park.

The first half was instantly forgettable, and a smattering of jeers greeted the half-time whistle.

England began the second with more attacking intent – they could hardly have had less – but were stunned when Slovenia took the lead after 57 minutes as Henderson glanced a perfect header high beyond Hart from Milivoje Novakovic’s free-kick.

The hosts needed a quick response and Rooney helped them deliver it, first winning the penalty when he was clearly tripped by Bostjan Cesar then dispatching it powerfully past Slovenia goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, who got a touch but could not keep the ball out.

In those few minutes the momentum swung in England’s favour, and they were soon ahead when Welbeck’s scuffed finish beat Handanovic after the goalkeeper had turned away Adam Lallana’s deflected cross.

And to emphasise the point, Welbeck underlined his growing stature as a striker – and his importance to Hodgson – with the third, playing a neat interchange with Raheem Sterling before steering in a composed angled finish.

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Euro 2016 Qualifying: Engalnd 5-0 San Marino

England completed a routine 5-0 win over San Marino in Euro 2016 qualifying at Wembley.

Roy Hodgson’s side led at half-time courtesy of goals from Phil Jagielka and Wayne Rooney, the latter from the penalty spot, before Danny Welbeck, substitute Andros Townsend and an Alex Della Valle own goal gave the scoreline a truer reflection.

England remain on top of Group E on goal difference ahead of Lithuania, who overcame Estonia 1-0 at home in Vilnius on Thursday evening.

The national side’s next match is a trip to face Estonia on Sunday night, but there appears little in this section for England to fear as they look to validate their qualification for the finals in France.

England should really have had six goals against the world’s lowest ranked country, but substitute Adam Lallana had a goal disallowed for offside when he was clearly onside.

After a 2-0 win over Switzerland in their opening match, England have six points from their first two games.

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Champions League: Arsenal 4-1 Galatasaray

Welbeck hits first hat-trick in Arsenal romp

Danny Welbeck helped himself to a first senior hat-trick as Arsenal ripped a wretched Galatasaray defence to shreds in a 4-1 win at the Emirates Stadium.

Alexis Sanchez also netted four minutes prior to half-time when he dashed onto a Mesut Ozil pass to slide the ball beyond visiting goalkeeperFernando Muslera.

Galatasaray coach Cesare Prandelli’s ill-advised decision to operate with three defenders began to unravel on 22 minutes when Welbeck accepted an intelligent pass from Alexis to prod the ball under Muslera.

He added his second on 30 minutes as Aur©lien Chedjou failed to connect with a header allowing Welbeck to race away from Felipe Melo before finishing with some ease.

The third came from an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pass on 52 minutes before Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was sent off for a last-man challenge on Burak Yılmaz, who converted the consolation goal on 63 minutes.

Arsenal’s 10 men were never overly tested, but David Ospina did well when he replaced Szczesny. On what was a bad night all round for the Turkish club, flares were tossed onto the Emirates pitch coming from the animated 3,000 visiting fans.

They are sure to face punishment from UEFA, but Arsenal recovered well from their 2-0 mauling at Borussia Dortmund in their Group D opener to boost hopes of reaching the last 16.

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Euro 2016 Qualifying: Switzerland 0-2 England

Welbeck double gives England victory in Basel

Danny Welbeck scored his first international goals for more than a year as Roy Hodgson’s England began their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a morale-boosting win in Switzerland.

England manager Hodgson, who came in for criticism following last week’s uninspiring win over Norway, handed Welbeck the central striker’s role he craves and he responded by scoring both goals in this impressive 2-0 victory in Basle.

The 23-year-old showed why Arsenal paid ‚£16million for his signature as he turned home a Raheem Sterling cross on a lightning counter-attack that also involved captain Wayne Rooney.

And the former Manchester United man rounded off the win in injury time with a well-taken finish.

Hodgson turned the air blue following criticism of his team at Wembley last Wednesday, but tonight he will have nothing but kind words to say about his team after they put in a much-improved display.

Without 15 injured seniors, Hodgson’s young starting XI had just 282 caps among them whereas Switzerland’s team had played 481 times in total for their country.

That, and the fact that Switzerland were ranked 11 places above England, made the hosts the pre-match favourites but Hodgson’s men were the best team going forward by some distance.

The attacking triumvirate of Welbeck, Sterling and Rooney created many chances, but their finishing let them down until Welbeck poked home his first England goal since September 6, 2013.

Fabian Delph, making his full debut, also put in a strong display in the middle of the park.

The defensive vulnerabilities that cost England in Brazil were still evident – Phil Jones almost gifted the Swiss the lead in the first half.

But Hodgson will return to England with a broad smile on his face after beating his biggest rivals in Group E.

Delph showed no sign of nerves as he started confidently. The Aston Villa midfielder pinched the ball off Stephan Lichtsteiner and crossed for Sterling, but his control was poor and Switzerland were let off.

Delph’s enthusiasm descended into recklessness moments later though when he cut Valon Behrami down with a late tackle that was somehow left unpunished.

The former Leeds man was no so lucky with his second bad tackle on Lichtsteiner which earned him a booking.

It did not take long for Hodgson to come to the edge of his technical area, but there was no need for him to be alarmed early on – his team were putting on a much more confident, high-tempo display than the one that lead to so much doom and gloom last week.

Jack Wilshere chipped a delightful 30-yard ball to Rooney, but the captain’s control was desperately poor and the attack faded out.

An error by Steve von Bergen allowed Sterling to race at the defence but Rooney’s shot dribbled straight into the arms of Yann Sommer.

With Xherdan Shaqiri in their side, Switzerland always looked capable of hitting England on the break though.

Haris Seferovic latched on to a clever pass from the Bayern Munich midfielder, but the referee waved play on when the striker went down under pressure from Jones.

Jones carelessly gave the ball away and Shaqiri took advantage, carving a lovely pass through to Seferovic again, but this time Joe Hart saved with his right leg.

England had a brilliant chance of their own just before the half-hour when Welbeck broke down the right. England were three on one, but the Arsenal striker’s pass to Sterling was poor and Switzerland rushed back to snuff out the danger.

Only Sommer’s acrobatics prevented England from leading at half-time.

Sommer tipped Rooney’s shot behind and from the resulting corner the Switzerland goalkeeper denied Jones with a superb one-handed save.

Behrami almost handed England a way into the match just after the restart when his clearance drifted inches wide of his own goal after some good work by Henderson and Sterling.

England were soon under pressure again though and Hart did well to deny Seferovic, who had smacked a sweet volley towards the top corner.

Switzerland’s pressing left them open at the back and England took full advantage just before the hour.

Rooney galloped forward from the halfway line and slipped the ball straight into Sterling’s path.

The Liverpool winger, compared to Marc Overmars by Rooney on the eve of the match, cantered down the left just like the flying Dutchman and bypassed three defenders with a flat ball across the box to Welbeck, who shinned the ball into the net at the far post.

Sterling almost doubled England’s lead with a mazy dribble into the box, but Lichtsteiner put in a superb last-ditch tackle.

Moments after his introduction, Josip Drmic broke through the England back line and he was allowed to advance on goal despite being offside. The striker rounded Hart, but Cahill came to England’s rescue with a block on the line. It was a superb block, but one that involved his hand, much to Switzerland’s annoyance

Ricardo Rodriguez’s deflected shot sent a few pulses in the away end racing towards the death, but Hart saved.

Then in the fourth minute of injury time Sterling found substitute Rickie Lambert on the break. The Liverpool striker played the ball on to Welbeck and he slotted the ball past Sommer to seal the victory for England and their hordes of jubilant fans.

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Arsenal: Man Utd forward Danny Welbeck signs in £16m deal

Arsenal have signed Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck for £16m.

The 23-year-old, capped 26 times by England, has signed a “long-term deal” at the Emirates Stadium.

“Everyone at Arsenal welcomes Danny to the club and looks forward to his contribution in an Arsenal shirt this season,” a club statement read.

Welbeck, who scored 29 goals in 142 United appearances, was told he could leave given the impending arrival of Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco.

Arsenal say the Welbeck deal is subject “to the completion of regulatory formalities”.

The Manchester-born forward, who joined United’s academy aged eight, also played 28 times during a loan spell with Sunderland, and made a further eight appearances for Preston.

The Black Cats were keen to re-sign Welbeck, a Premier League winner in 2013, while Tottenham were also interested.

But he has joined Arsenal, who are without striker Olivier Giroud for up to four months after he broke a leg.

The Gunners were not expected to sign a replacement for the Frenchman, but manager Arsene Wenger said on the eve of deadline day the club remained “very active” in the transfer market.

Welbeck made his England debut against Ghana in March 2011 and has scored eight times for his country.

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