EURO 2016

England 2-1 Wales: Jamie Vardy onside for equaliser

The Leicester man bundled in England's leveller as Roy Hodgson's men won in Lens - with the Welsh appealing that he was offside.

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England 2-1 Wales: Jamie Vardy onside for equaliser
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There were initial question marks surrounding Jamie Vardy's equaliser in England's 2-1 victory over Wales at Euro 2016 on Thursday, as Chris Coleman's men protested that the Leicester City ace was offside.

Super sub

Introduced as a half-time substitute with Daniel Sturridge, Vardy scrambled the ball home from close range ten minutes after the break to cancel out Gareth Bale's opener.

But with the 29-year-old seemingly standing in an illegal position when the ball fell to him in the six-yard box, the Wales players were left furiously appealing to the match officials.

Joe Ledley (left) and Neil Taylor appeal for offside after England's leveller.

Referee right to let goal stand

However, replays showed that Wales defender Ashley Williams had headed it to Vardy from Sturridge's cross, meaning that referee Felix Brych and his assistants were correct to award the goal.

According to FIFA's Laws of the Game, "A player in an offside position receiving the ball from an opponent, who deliberately plays the ball (except from a deliberate save), is not considered to have gained an advantage."

Williams (second left) heads to Vardy for the striker to equalise.

England move top of the group

Vardy's leveller was followed by an injury-time winner from Sturridge as England recovered from Bale's strike to go top of Group B after two rounds.

As noted by stats specialists Opta, it is the first time the Three Lions have come from behind at half time to win a match at the finals of a major tournament.