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Zaha's quick start helps under-21's to eighth win in a row

NUMBER ONE: Scorer of the first goal Wilfred Zaha

THREE GOALS and some mature performances gave England's under-21's a 3-0 win against Romania in their penultimate game prior to this summer's European Championships.

Playing against a Romanian squad consisting of only one player with more that three caps, it was always going to be a case of 'how many'. But as they say: 'you can only beat what is in front of you' and that is exactly what England did.

If this game is anything to go by, you have to wonder if Sir Alex Ferguson got a bargain when he did the deal to take Wilfred Zaha to Manchester United from Crystal Palace. Stuart Pearce lined his team up with the teenager as his focal point and the odds-on favourite for Championship player of the year, did not disappoint.

You can't doubt his ability and he made sure you couldn't ignore it when he scored his first goal for the under-21's in the 33rd minute. It had been coming and had it not been for the acrobatic of Romanian goalkeeper Laurentiu Branescu, the home team would have taken the lead much earlier. He had saved from Nathan Delfouneso and Jonjo Shelvey earlier in the game, while captain Jordan Henderson had sent a free-kick wide.

Zaha said: “"I was hoping I was going to get a hat trick but I will settle for one. It's was my first goal for the under 21s and I have waited a long time for it.

"I'm playing in a different position but I am really enjoying it. I know that every time I make a run I will get the ball played up to me."

Yet, it is important not to ignore the work rate of Raheem Sterling who appears to have a natural partnership with the newest United player. The Liverpool starlet was also happy to float into the middle of the park when Zaha migrated to his natural position on the wing. It was clear Sterling's enforced rest by Brendan Rodgers was paying dividends for Pearce, and may well do the same for the Reds as the season draws to a close.

This was exactly the type of performance needed in the build-up to the Euro's and it also gave this young collective their eighth clean sheet in a row. In terms of confidence and looking at player ability, it will give the manager a lot to work with in Israel. Given that Tom Ince, Andros Townsend and Steven Caulker are all also set to travel to Israel, he may have a selection headache on his hands.

England senior team coach, Gary Neville was also at Adams Park and you would imagine he'll be sending some very positive reports to Roy Hodgson about some of the faces who could well be joining him on the plane to Rio. Although Pearce will hope he gets to win a trophy with them before they depart for the next level.

This team is now on an eight game winning streak and they will feel confident about getting to the latter stages of a tournament and out of a group that pits them alongside hosts Israel, Norway and Italy.

The second goal came in the 62nd minute when Shelvey's cross was met by substitute Jack Robinson who had replaced the energetic Danny Rose at half-time. Robinson's volley was sweetly taken and put England back in control after the away team had started the second spell with ten men behind the ball. They were clearly aiming to frustrate England and catch them on the break, but their lone striker didn't get much change out of a confident home defence.

While this saw the Three Lions with less space, they continued to push forward and Delfouneso's header three minutes from time was just the icing on a cake.

With the game against Austria on Monday the last time they will be together before the tournament, another impressive performance is expected as individuals fight to get their name on that squad list.

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