Daniel Sturridge scored a late winner as England marked their final match before Roy Hodgson names his provisional World Cup squad with a deserved victory over Denmark.

Sturridge was one of five Liverpool players named in Hodgson's starting line-up and the striker carried his rich vein of club form on to the international scene, heading in Adam Lallana's cross for his 12th goal in as many games to give England a first win in three matches.

This was a last chance for Hodgson's players to impress their manager at international level if they are to be included in his travelling party for Brazil, and Sturridge will have done his chances no harm.

His Reds team-mate Raheem Sterling was named sponsors' man of the match for an encouraging display, while Lallana again pressed his case for selection after coming off the bench.

It was only the Southampton captain's third cap, but he looks comfortable on the big stage.

Dour against the Danes

All six international meetings between England and Denmark at Wembley have ended 1-0 (five wins for England, one for Denmark).

Source: Opta

Saints colleague Luke Shaw, 18, replaced Ashley Cole at half-time and justified suggestions he will be England's future first-choice left-back, showing ambition and composure on his debut.

For all the encouragement, however, there was also cause for concern in the way England struggled to convert their possession into chances and looked vulnerable to the counter-attack.

There was a general lack of urgency and Denmark, who failed to qualify for the World Cup and lacked genuine quality, still came close to opening the scoring on more than one occasion.

Hodgson will select a 23-man squad and seven standby names on 13 May ahead of a friendly against Peru at Wembley on 30 May. England then travel to Miami for a warm-weather training camp, where they will play Ecuador and Honduras, before flying to Brazil.

Kasper Schmeichel made a series of fine stops to deny England

Kasper Schmeichel made a series of fine stops to deny England

Hodgson spoke before the match of replicating the model that has underpinned Liverpool's resurgence  - "getting the best from individual players in positions where they feel comfortable" - and he stayed true to that philosophy with an Anfield-heavy team selection.

The early signs were positive as Glen Johnson and Sterling combined well on the right, Gerrard and Jordan Henderson orchestrated proceedings from central midfield, and Sturridge probed for an opening alongside Manchester United's Wayne Rooney in attack.

But too often a touch was poor, passing was slow and movement was disjointed.

There was a scare when Michael Krohn-Dehli volleyed over the bar shortly after even bigger concern as Jack Wilshere writhed in agony following a crunching challenge by Daniel Agger.

But the Arsenal midfielder continued after treatment and from that moment on the hosts seemed to raise their level.

Rooney was agonisingly close to connecting with a low cross from Sturridge and then combined with Cole to tee up Sterling, only for his effort to rebound off a post.

Changing of the guard?

Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw, who replaced Ashley Cole at half-time to win his first England cap, was just five years old when the veteran Chelsea defender made his international debut

Between those chances, however, England's defence was sliced open by a Krohn-Dehli pass that Jakob Poulsen failed to finish.

England ended the half well to at least raise the flat atmosphere inside a stadium some way short of its 90,000 capacity, Sturridge thwarted by Kasper Schmeichel from close range after Rooney's corner.

As expected, Shaw came on for Cole, allowing Hodgson to assess his back-up options to Leighton Baines, and Lallana soon followed in place of Wilshere.

A third substitution saw Welbeck replace Rooney and England now showed greater hunger and urgency, Lallana's first touch an outstanding Cruyff turn that set the tone.

There was another defensive lapse when indecisiveness from Smalling and Henderson enabled Morten Rasmussen to race clear, only for Joe Hart to burst off his line and save well.

However, the rest of the night belonged to England.

Schmeichel was twice called upon to prevent Welbeck breaking the deadlock - the second time after superb link-up play with Henderson - and the Leicester City goalkeeper displayed fine reactions from a spectacular Sturridge strike.

The pressure told when Lallana found Sturridge with a perfectly weighted cross and the 24-year-old controlled his header back across Schmeichel to send England's fans home happy.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (12)

England

  • 01 Hart
  • 02 Johnson
  • 03 Cole (Shaw - 45' )
  • 04 Gerrard
  • 05 Cahill
  • 06 Smalling
  • 08 Henderson (Oxlade-Chamberlain - 77' )
  • 07 Wilshere (Lallana - 59' )
  • 10 Rooney (Welbeck - 60' )
  • 11 Sterling (Townsend - 86' )
  • 09 Sturridge (Milner - 88' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Shaw
  • 13 Foster
  • 14 Baines
  • 15 Caulker
  • 16 Carrick
  • 17 Milner
  • 18 Lampard
  • 19 Barkley
  • 20 Cleverley
  • 21 Lallana
  • 22 Ruddy
  • 23 Forster
  • 24 Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 25 Townsend
  • 26 Lambert
  • 27 Defoe
  • 28 Welbeck
  • 29 Rodriguez

Denmark

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 06 Jacobsen (Juelsgard Kristensen - 45' )
  • 05 Ankersen
  • 08 Poulsen (Olsen - 81' )
  • 03 Kjaer (Bjelland - 62' )
  • 04 Agger
  • 10 Larsen (Kusk - 45' )
  • 07 Kvist
  • 11 Bendtner (Rasmussen - 63' Booked )
  • 02 Sloth Booked (Zimling - 62' )
  • 09 Krohn-Dehli

Substitutes

  • 12 Kahlenberg
  • 13 Bjelland
  • 14 Kusk
  • 15 Olsen
  • 16 Andersen
  • 17 Zimling
  • 18 Rasmussen
  • 19 Delaney
  • 20 Ankersen
  • 21 Juelsgard Kristensen
  • 22 Lössl
  • 23 Makienok
Ref: Kevin Blom

Match Stats

Shots

19 5

On target

5 2

Corners

11 3

Fouls

10 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, England 1, Denmark 0.

90:00 +2:11 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, England 1, Denmark 0.

90:00 +1:07

Foul by Glen Johnson (England).

90:00 +1:07

Jesper Juelsgard Kristensen (Denmark) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, England. James Milner replaces Daniel Sturridge.

86:54

Foul by Steven Gerrard (England).

86:54

Kasper Kusk (Denmark) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:52

Attempt missed. Danny Olsen (Denmark) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

85:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, England. Andros Townsend replaces Raheem Sterling.

84:59

Foul by Raheem Sterling (England).

84:59

Kasper Kusk (Denmark) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! England 1, Denmark 0. Daniel Sturridge (England) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Lallana with a cross following a corner.

80:59

Corner, England. Conceded by Peter Ankersen.

80:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Denmark. Danny Olsen replaces Jakob Poulsen.

80:10

Danny Welbeck (England) wins a free kick on the right wing.

80:10

Foul by William Kvist (Denmark).

78:16

Attempt blocked. Daniel Sturridge (England) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

76:41

Foul by Raheem Sterling (England).

76:41

Kasper Kusk (Denmark) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, England. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Jordan Henderson.

75:58

Attempt blocked. Adam Lallana (England) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary Cahill with a headed pass.

75:33

Corner, England. Conceded by Jesper Juelsgard Kristensen.

75:10

Corner, England. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

75:07

Attempt saved. Daniel Sturridge (England) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

74:41

Corner, England. Conceded by Jesper Juelsgard Kristensen.

71:05

Attempt saved. Danny Welbeck (England) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Henderson with a through ball.

67:47

Attempt saved. Danny Welbeck (England) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Lallana.

67:22

Attempt missed. Jordan Henderson (England) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

65:47

Foul by Adam Lallana (England).

65:47

Jakob Poulsen (Denmark) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:22

Attempt saved. Steffen Rasmussen (Denmark) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jakob Poulsen.

63:39 Booking

Booking Steffen Rasmussen (Denmark) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

63:32

Gary Cahill (England) wins a free kick on the right wing.

63:32

Foul by Steffen Rasmussen (Denmark).

62:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Denmark. Steffen Rasmussen replaces Nicklas Bendtner.

61:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Denmark. Andreas Bjelland replaces Simon Kjaer.

61:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Denmark. Niki Zimling replaces Casper Sloth.

61:09

Foul by Glen Johnson (England).

61:09

Michael Krohn-Dehli (Denmark) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, England. Danny Welbeck replaces Wayne Rooney.

59:02

Corner, England. Conceded by Michael Krohn-Dehli.

58:58

Attempt blocked. Steven Gerrard (England) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

58:56

Attempt blocked. Wayne Rooney (England) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

58:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, England. Adam Lallana replaces Jack Wilshere.

57:18

Wayne Rooney (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:18

Foul by Daniel Agger (Denmark).

56:51

Attempt saved. Nicklas Bendtner (Denmark) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jakob Poulsen.

54:25

Jack Wilshere (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:25

Foul by Jakob Poulsen (Denmark).

50:24

Foul by Steven Gerrard (England).

50:24

Jakob Poulsen (Denmark) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:15

Attempt blocked. Jordan Henderson (England) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

45:53

Corner, Denmark. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

45:00

Second Half begins England 0, Denmark 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, England. Luke Shaw replaces Ashley Cole.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Denmark. Jesper Juelsgard Kristensen replaces Lars Jacobsen.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Denmark. Kasper Kusk replaces Emil Larsen.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, England 0, Denmark 0.

45:00 +0:35

Attempt missed. Chris Smalling (England) header from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Jordan Henderson with a cross following a corner.

45:00 +0:11

Corner, England. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

45:00 +0:09

Attempt saved. Daniel Sturridge (England) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gary Cahill.

44:47

Corner, England. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

42:32

Raheem Sterling (England) hits the right post with a left footed shot from very close range. Assisted by Ashley Cole with a cross.

41:49

Steven Gerrard (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:49

Foul by Casper Sloth (Denmark).

40:56

Corner, Denmark. Conceded by Jack Wilshere.

39:39

Attempt missed. Wayne Rooney (England) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jack Wilshere.

38:30

Attempt blocked. Daniel Sturridge (England) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Wilshere.

38:10

Attempt blocked. Jakob Poulsen (Denmark) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Krohn-Dehli with a through ball.

37:30

Attempt missed. Wayne Rooney (England) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

35:24

Foul by Raheem Sterling (England).

35:24

Casper Sloth (Denmark) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:29

Attempt missed. Daniel Sturridge (England) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left.

29:49

Raheem Sterling (England) wins a free kick on the left wing.

29:49

Foul by Emil Larsen (Denmark).

27:51

Foul by Gary Cahill (England).

27:51

Peter Ankersen (Denmark) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:32

Corner, England. Conceded by Simon Kjaer.

26:55

Ashley Cole (England) wins a free kick on the left wing.

26:55

Foul by Emil Larsen (Denmark).

25:21

Raheem Sterling (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:21

Foul by William Kvist (Denmark).

23:45

Corner, England. Conceded by Lars Jacobsen.

21:13

Hand ball by Gary Cahill (England).

20:36

Corner, England. Conceded by Daniel Agger.

19:37

Jack Wilshere (England) wins a free kick on the left wing.

19:37

Foul by Simon Kjaer (Denmark).

19:08

Attempt missed. Wayne Rooney (England) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Raheem Sterling with a through ball.

18:19

Attempt missed. Wayne Rooney (England) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

17:30 Booking

Booking Casper Sloth (Denmark) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

17:24

Steven Gerrard (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:24

Foul by Casper Sloth (Denmark).

15:40

Attempt missed. Michael Krohn-Dehli (Denmark) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Casper Sloth with a cross.

14:28

Ashley Cole (England) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:28

Foul by Emil Larsen (Denmark).

13:39

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

11:45

Delay in match Jack Wilshere (England) because of an injury.

11:03

Jack Wilshere (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:03

Foul by Daniel Agger (Denmark).

10:04

Corner, England. Conceded by Michael Krohn-Dehli.

8:58

Corner, Denmark. Conceded by Daniel Sturridge.

7:28

Jack Wilshere (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:28

Foul by Emil Larsen (Denmark).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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