LONDON: England manager Roy Hodgson drew encouragement from his younger players’ performances after seeing his side edge Denmark 1-0 in their final game before he selects his World Cup squad.
Hodgson handed a debut to 18-year-old Southampton left-back Luke Shaw and saw 19-year-old Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling named man of the match in Wednesday’s friendly at Wembley Stadium.
Adam Lallana, 25, and 23-year-old Danny Welbeck also impressed after coming on in the second half, with the former teeing up 24-year-old Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge to head home an 82nd-minute winner.
England finished the game with six players aged 25 or under on the pitch and Hodgson believes that their displays against an obdurate Denmark side augur well for the World Cup in Brazil.
England’s Raheem Sterling (L) is marked by Denmark’s Peter Ankersen (C) and Michael Krohn-Dehli during their international friendly at Wembley Stadium on March 5, 2014.