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September International Roundup: How the Young Lions fared

England U17s [Credit: England Football]

As league football prepares to return at Youth level at the weekend, the players who represented their national teams are returning to their clubs. The first international break saw talents get their opening opportunity of the season to make a mark on their international coaches. Here’s a look at how the England Youth sides got on over the September international break.


The U17s headed to Spain for friendlies with Portugal, Morocco, and the host nation at the Pinatar Arena. New head coach Greg Lincoln called together 23 players for his first squad. The opening fixture against Portugal started brilliantly with Shumaira Mheuka and Freddie Simmonds putting the Young Lions 2-0 up inside 10 minutes, both goals set up by sensational long balls from Shea Lacey. However, Portugal grew into the game and fought back to win 3-2. The second game resulted in a 1-1 draw with Morocco with Elliott Myles netting for Lincoln’s side. The final game saw them emphatically beat Spain 4-1 courtesy of goals from Chris Rigg and Mheuka and a brace from Lacey.


The U18s took part in the Tournoi International in Limoges, France. Ryan Garry’s called up a 23-strong squad for the fixtures with France, Japan and Portugal at the Stade de Beaublanc. Unfortunately, the tournament did not go as planned for the U18s as they fell to three defeats from three. The opener saw a hosts France side run out 2-0 winners which was followed by a 4-0 defeat to a very impressive Japan side. The final game against Portugal was a much improved performance from Garry’s side and captain Lakyle Samuel’s goal looked to have earned England a deserved point until they suffered late heartbreak courtesy of Rodrigo Duarte’s stoppage time goal giving the Portuguese a 2-1 victory.


The U19s flew out to Spain for friendly fixtures against Germany and Switzerland to prepare them for the start of their UEFA U19 EURO qualifying campaign next month. Head coach Simon Rusk named a 24-man squad for the trip. The opening fixture saw them fall to a narrow 1-0 defeat to Germany in a game where the performance warranted more than the result but they were unable to find the net. However, the Young Lions bounced back in the second fixture beating Switzerland 4-2. Amario Cozier-Dubbery, Dominic Ballard, Noel Buck and Ashley Phillips got the goals in a dominant performance as Buck impressed on his first start for England.


The U20s had no fixtures this international break but interim head coach Joe Edwards called together a squad of 24 for a training camp to prepare for the start of the new Euro U20 Elite League in October.


The U21s met up for the first time since they won the UEFA U21 European Championships title in the summer. Head coach Lee Carsley selected a squad of 23 players which included seven of the EURO-winning squad that are still young enough to feature. They played the first fixture of their qualifying campaign for the next U21 EUROs as they aim to retain their title. Carsley’s side flew out to take on Luxembourg and produced a fantastic performance to win 3-0. The Young Lions dominated from start to finish with debut goals for Liam Delap and Callum Doyle putting them two in front either side of half-time. Cole Palmer then added a delightful strike in off the crossbar to wrap up the points and cap off a classy display from the new Chelsea man.

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