A Lithuania break saw Tadas Eliosius loop a shot high after a lay-off by Arturas Zulpa but the visitors were more intent on keeping England at bay and did so with an organisation and discipline the hosts struggled to breach.
Phil Jones had a header which bounced over the visitors goal and Michael Mancienne's long range strike was palmed away by keeper Vytautas Cerniauskas.
When England did engineer a sight of goal, they lacked the clinical edge to capitalise with Danny Rose failing to take another glorious chance.
Sturridge and Welbeck did well to work the opportunity for Rose just inside the area but he ballooned a shot high as he went for power rather than accuracy.
England's frustrations were almost compounded when Fielding spilled a Fridrikas free-kick, with the keeper's blushes only being spared by the ball hitting the post before being cleared.
England U21 manager Stuart Pearce had surprisingly left Wilshere out of the starting line-up but brought on the inventive midfielder for the second half as the home side intensified their efforts to score.
A Rose shot was blocked, a Cleverley shot palmed over before Sturridge was again through only to slip as he took a shot which was saved.
The deadlock was eventually broken when Wilshere slipped a lovely weighted pass into the path of Welbeck and he finished with a shot across goal.
England continued to dominate and substitute Albrighton was rewarded for a lively cameo after Welbeck slid in a cross for him to score.
Welbeck completed an influential performance when he sidefooted in from close range after Jordan Henderson's clever flick to leave a relieved England looking forward to the play-offs as other results went their way.
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