No team had previously overturned a two-goal first-leg deficit to reach the final of the second-tier play-offs – and Brighton made every attempt to create a bit of history.
Boosted by the availability of both Knockaert and Dunk after injury and suspension respectively, the Seagulls made a lightning start and could easily have been in front in the tie by the time Dunk netted from close range.
Knockaert struck the woodwork with a curling free-kick and also headed wide from five yards before crossing for Dunk to halve Brighton’s deficit.
Any momentum from that opening goal quickly disappeared, however, as Wallace’s cross beat everybody in the penalty area and nestled in David Stockdale’s far corner.
The goal was allowed to stand, despite protests by Dunk that he had been pushed by Gary Hooper as the ball was played into the box.
Wednesday, undoubtedly second best in the first period, were rarely threatened after half-time as Brighton fell to a third Championship play-off semi-final defeat in four seasons.
Owls flying into the Premier League?
Wednesday – who finished sixth in the Championship table, 15 points behind Brighton – are one win away from returning to the top flight for the first time in 16 years.
Since their relegation in 2000, the Owls have spent four years in League One and had only registered two top-half finishes in the second tier before this season.
Match of the Day pundit Shearer, who was top scorer at the European Championship 20 years ago, added: “He’s still got a lot to offer.
“I think Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy deserve to have their chance up front but I still think Wayne has a part to play, whether that is in midfield or the number 10 role.”
‘England’s Achilles heel’
Manchester United forward Rooney was one of five strikers named by Roy Hodgson in his squad on Monday, along with Tottenham’s Kane, Leicester’s Vardy, Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge and another Manchester United player, Marcus Rashford.
Newcastle winger Andros Townsend and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere have also been called up, with Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Chris Smalling (Manchester United) and John Stones (Everton) the three centre-backs selected.
“Defensively would be my one worry for England,” said Shearer. “I would be confident with us going forward and in midfield but the old Achilles heel is defensively – certainly down the middle at centre-half, which has been a problem for a number of years. We don’t seem to have been able to solve that.”
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‘Rashford a bright prospect’
Rashford, 18, has scored seven goals in 16 appearances for Manchester United this season and has been given his international chance following an injury to Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck.
“He has been one of the bright sparks for Manchester United this season,” said Shearer. “He probably wouldn’t have got his chance other than injury to some players but he did get it and he took it.
“He has been full of energy, scored goals and he looks a bright prospect. It will be great experience for him, even if Roy doesn’t take him to France.”
‘Looking towards youth’
Rashford was selected ahead of Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe, who has scored 18 goals this season, including five in the past nine games of the season.
“Having said that, he has had a magnificent season with Sunderland. But Roy is now looking towards youth and rightly so.”
‘Drinkwater deserves his place’
Midfielder Danny Drinkwater has played a big role in helping Leicester win the title, making 37 appearances for the Foxes.
He has been selected along with Arsenal’s Wilshere, who broke his leg in August and only made his first start of the season on Sunday. Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson, who missed a month before returning for the final game of the season, is also included.
“I’d be surprised if Roy was to take all three of Drinkwater, Henderson and Wilshere,” added Shearer. “That would be a big gamble, particularly with the lack of fitness of Henderson and Wilshere.
“Wilshere has only started one game and Drinkwater has been magnificent all season. He deserves a place in the squad.”