COLE CAPTAINS AS LAMPARD SCORES

Ashley Cole played 53 minutes as captain before handing the armband to goalscorer Frank Lampard in England’s 1-1 draw with Ireland at Wembley on Wednesday night.

The left-back was rewarded by manager Roy Hodgson for reaching the 100-cap mark back in February, and led the side out on his 102nd appearance.

Ashley-Cole - Chelsea and England

England fell behind to a Shane Long header 13 minutes in, but Lampard was soon on the spot to level matters when his perfectly timed run into the area was followed by a calm finish from close range.

Lampard was winning his 96th cap and scores his 29th goal, while Gary Cahill, who also played the full game, made his 14th appearance.

Frank Lampard scores for England

Lamisha Musonda was a 73rd minute substitute for Belgium in their 2-1 defeat to Brazil in the Under-21 Toulon tournament in France. They next play on Friday against Portugal.

Milan Lalkovic, who captained Slovakia Under-21s against Israel, was on the wrong end of a 1-0 friendly defeat.

On loan Matej Delac kept a clean sheet in his 45 minutes for Croatia Under-21s. They drew 0-0 against Montenegro, also in a friendly.

At Under-19 level, both England and Scotland will miss out on this summer’s European Championships after Georgia were victorious against Belgium in the same qualifying group, guaranteeing their progress to the finals in Lithuania.

Chelsea’s Lewis Baker converted a penalty in England’s 3-0 win against the Scots in Belgium on Wednesday afternoon. John Swift accompanied Baker in midfield for England, with both completing the 90 minutes. Alex Davey played the full game on the other side.

Check here later to see how Belgium fared against America at senior level.

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