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Gyan savours England draw

Asamoah Gyan
Gyan celebrates after equalising against England

Asamoah Gyan has compared his last-gasp equaliser against England at Wembley to his exploits at the 2010 World Cup.

But the Ghana striker stopped short of saying the goal made up for his penalty miss against Uruguay in South Africa.

Gyan sparked scenes of jubilation unprecedented on Tuesday after securing a 1-1 draw in first meeting between England and the Black Stars.

Gyan was one of the stars of the 2010 World Cup, his three goals helping send Ghana through to the quarter-finals.

The Sunderland forward netted the extra-time winner against the United States to set up a clash with Uruguay but then missed a penalty that would have made them the first African nation to reach the semi-finals.

When asked if Tuesday's goal made up for that disappointment, Gyan replied: "I count myself lucky because I did the same thing in the World Cup against the United States.

"I count myself lucky. I really thank God for that."

Ghana lit up Wembley both on and off the field, their 21,000-strong following the biggest - and possibly loudest - ever away contingent in an international against England.

Gyan added: "I dedicate this goal to the fans because they have been waiting for this game for so long and finally it happens and I scored an important goal for the country - something historic.

"I'm the happiest guy because it's my first time playing at Wembley. It's been my dream to play at Wembley.

"We've been playing so many friendly games and they've been asking themselves, 'Why are we not playing against England?'

"We had a chance against England and we scored an important goal.

"This goal is dedicated to the fans."

He continued: "Although the English dominated the game, we are happy for this draw.

"Honestly, they deserved to win, because they dominated the game.

"They were unlucky. They missed a couple of chances in the first half, we also had a couple of chances."

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