Nov 13, 2012 at 7.30pm UK at ​Wembley Stadium
Northern Ireland

Result: England U21s see off Northern Ireland in Blackpool

Goals from Connor Wickham and Benik Afobe help England's Under-21s to a 2-0 win over Northern Ireland in Blackpool.

England's Under-21s defeated Northern Ireland in a friendly thanks to a goal in either half at Blackpool's Bloomfield Road this evening.

Connor Wickham scores for England U21s© PA Photos

The hosts began on top and almost had the lead in the 16th minute when Connor Wickham smacked Jack Robinson's cutback against the crossbar.

Thomas Ince, who was playing at his home ground, also came close but his shot was pushed away by Connor Devlin before England took the lead on the stroke of half-time.

Jordan Henderson swung over a free kick from the right and Wickham stooped low to head into the corner.

In the second half Stuart Pearce made a host of changes, and it wasn't until the 76th minute when another goal was scored.

Arsenal youngster Benik Afobe, who is on loan at Bolton Wanderers, had come off the bench to make his U21 debut and put England two ahead from the penalty spot after being felled by Devlin.

Connor Wickham
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