Ashley Young scored the lone goal of the match at Wembley Reuters

England has moved one step closer to qualification for the Euro 2012.

Ashley Young's goal in the 35th minute was all England needed to defeat Wales in a Euro 2012 qualifier, 1-0, at Wembley Stadium in London.

The goal was set up by Stewart Downing as the midfielder used some clever moves along the right side to deliver a cross to Young, who used a right-footed one-touch to score.

The match lacked the intensity one might expect at Wembley. Neither club was able to get quality shots on goal. England managed 12 shots, four on goal, and Wales only got off 10 shots, with only two on goal.

Young gave a fine cross in the 40th minute to find Wayne Rooney, who couldn't manage to get his head on the ball. On the replay, it appeared that Rooney was offside. That was nearly the extent of England's push.

Wales had a fine chance in the 76th minute, but Rob Earnshaw blew a shot after the cross by Ashley Williams.

Wales failed to attack with much urgency for most of the match. The passing had been good for Gary Speed's squad, but the Dragons didn't seem to be able to find their forwards. Stars Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey didn't test goalkeeper Joe Hart.

There was only one yellow card in the match. England controlled possession for 56 percent of the match.

Capello was without Theo Walcott, and Steven Gerrard. Wales played without suspended Craig Bellamy.

England is on top of Group G, and only need one point to move on to Euro 2012. Montenegro is in second place, while Wales in last in the group.