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Kane, Vardy Score As England Beat Turkey

England squeezed past Turkey 2-1 in their international friendly clash at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

The Three Lions wasted little time in taking the lead as they hit the front in the third minute. Turkey seemed to stop defending as they shouted for an offside, giving Harry Kane space to tuck the ball away from inside the box.

Turkey almost responded immediately as Tufan steered a shot towards the inside of the left post, but Walker made a terrific block as he slid in to deny the visitors.

In the 13th minute the scores were level once more. Joe Hart came off his line to collect a through-ball but didn't get close to it. The ball was cut back for Hakan Calhanoglu who netted Turkey's first ever goal against England.

The tie remained evenly contested until the half-time break with neither side truly getting the upper hand.

Turkey did well to cause England problems on the counter attack after the break but struggled to hold onto the ball.

The hosts got their opening in the 71st minute when they were awarded a penalty for Topal's push on Jamie Vardy. However, Kane hit the post with his spot-kick.

In the 83rd minute Roy Hodgson's charges found their second goal. Gary Cahill nodded a corner kick down towards goal where there was a scramble which Vardy won as he reacted first to blast home the winner.


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