5 things we learned from England's last-gasp Euro 2016 win over Wales


England won their British derby against Wales in dramatic fashion, coming from behind to claim a 2-1 win in the closing seconds in Lens.

Here's a look at five key talking points.

1. England's striking options got them out of jail.

Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring for England
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Roy Hodgson's game plan did not work for the first 45 minutes. For the second match in a row, his forward three proved unable to turn possession into goals.

But he brought five centre forwards to France and was able to change things up dramatically, with Jamie Vardy, Daniel Sturridge and Marcus Rashford all adding vital impetus.

Vardy and Sturridge made big claims on starting spots, combining for both goals.

Harry Kane has been quiet and Raheem Sterling was even whistled by the England fans at one point - but both men could be dangerous substitutes themselves if asked to stand down.

2. Gareth Bale can back up his talk.

Gareth Bale celebrates scoring for Wales
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There was surprise in some quarters at Bale's willingness to taunt and goad England in the build-up to the match. It is the kind of behaviour that can so easily come back to bite sportsmen.

England might take three points as validation enough, but, on a purely personal level, the Real Madrid star produced the moment of magic his words promised.

At times like these, with all eyes on him and expectation running wild, Bale exists on a different plane to others just now.

He is a generational talent and has the confidence - bordering on healthy arrogance - to match.

3. Roy Hodgson could be revitalised by victory.

Roy Hodgson celebrates England's win over Wales
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Hodgson came into the match on the back of a winless streak totalling five matches at major tournaments. Six would have equalled an unwanted record and put their last 16 place in major doubt.

Before Sturridge's last-gasp finish, the England manager must have wondered quite what he had to do to put a 'W' in the column.

But the monkey is off his back now, and points in the bank could do wonders for this young side and its old boss.

4. Wales should still make it to the last 16.

Wales huddle in front of their fans at Euro 2016
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They may need Bale to provide the moments of magic, but this Wales group is admirably unified in purpose and often feel like men on a mission.

The wind will have been knocked from their sails for now - but with modest expectations to meet, an impassioned set of fans roaring from the stands and an admirable clarity of purpose they still look a good bet for the knockout phase.

5. Joe Hart has to do better.

Joe Hart looks dejected while playing for England
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Joe Hart has been inked in as England and Manchester City's number one for a number of years, but at 29 - an age when he should be peaking - question marks linger.

He did not do well enough against Bale's free-kick, surely a scenario he has been envisioning and practising for over several months.

His positioning appeared too generous and his contact with the ball insufficient. Peter Shilton thinks Hart has been over-rated by some, and he knows a thing or two about doing the job.