Wins For Young England Stars

by Rob Urbani

It was a successful evening of international football for Everton’s young England stars on Thursday.

Brendan Galloway helped England Under-19s get off to a winning start in their UEFA elite qualifying campaign against Denmark. The defender got through 90 minutes as Sean O’Driscoll’s side edged a five-goal thriller 3-2 in northern France.

At Under-18s level, Ryan Ledson skippered England to a 1-0 friendly victory over Switzerland. Callum Connolly and Jonjoe Kenny also played the full match at St George’s Park.

After the full-time whistle, defender Kenny explained that he felt it could have been a more comprehensive win.

“We could have been a lot more ruthless – we created a lot of chances that we should have taken,” said Kenny, who was making his first international youth appearance since September.

"I love being back with England. Keeping a clean sheet for me is like scoring a goal for the strikers. That’s our job to not let them score and that’s what we did."

It was also a pleasing night’s work for Blues duo Tom Davies and James Yates, who were both involved in England Under-17s’ 2-1 win against Romania – a result which maintains the team’s 100 per cent record in their European Championships qualifying campaign. Nathan Holland was an unused substitute.

Davies, Yates, Holland, Ledson, Kenny and Connolly are now on their way to join up with the Everton Under-19 squad which is in Texas for the Dallas Cup, which starts this weekend.

Also on Thursday, England Under-20s drew 1-1 with Mexico, though Chris Long – currently on loan at Brentford – was not involved because of injury.

Elsewhere, Harry Charsley was unable to prevent Republic of Ireland Under-19s losing 1-0 to Czech Republic – a game where he came up against his Toffees teammate Jindrich Stanek.

And at Under-17s level, Nathan Broadhead and Ryan Harrington were part of the Wales team that ran out 1-0 winners against Iceland.


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