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Derby midfielder Hughes thrilled to fire England into U21 Euros

Derby County midfielder Will Hughes was delighted with his role in England U21's victory against Croatia.

England are into the 2015 Euros after the second-leg win in Croatia.

Hughes believes the display on Tuesday night shows that English players are able to win while playing attractive football and that a marker has been laid for the tournament in the Czech Republic.

"We showed our quality and how we can play," Hughes told

"A lot of people have a perception that England can't play football but I think we've come here and shown that we can, especially in the second half."

Leicester City defender Liam Moore grabbed a vital away goal inside the first 10 minutes and, although Marko Livaja equalised before the break, Hughes fired England back ahead as they eased to a comfortable victory.

"Luckily we got the first goal, which controlled it a bit for us," Hughes added. "But unfortunately they hit back and we knew it was going to be a nervy second half.

"But once we got that second goal, they had to score three and we controlled it from then on."

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