Robinson Shines On USA Debut

Everton Academy graduate Antonee Robinson marked his first full international appearance by laying on a goal for Timothy Weah, as the USA brushed aside Bolivia 3-0 in Philadelphia.

Left-back Robinson, who spent 2017/18 on loan with Championship team Bolton Wanderers, was one of four debutants in a youthful US side, rebuilding following the country's failure to qualify for a World Cup finals for the first time since 1986.

Defender Walker Zimmerman headed home from a corner eight minutes before half-time to put the hosts in front, with 18-year-old Werder Bremen forward Josh Sargent doubling the States’ advantage seven minutes after the break.

Robinson capped a fabulous individual display by skipping down the left and engineering an opening to cross for Paris Saint-Germain teenager Weah – son of former AC Milan star George – to convert on 59 minutes.

The Everton man qualifies for the USA through his New York-born father and was an unused substitute for a friendly victory over Paraguay back in March.

He was capped by the country’s Under-18 team in 2014 and after his key part in Bolton’s dramatic last-day escape from the drop told evertonfc.com he was hoping to be included in interim boss Dave Sarachan’s squad for this latest round of friendly fixtures.

“The international call was really surprising,” said Robinson.

“It felt like a reward for all the hard work I have done all season and I was really excited and looking forward to the challenge.

“I hope I get called up again soon and have the chance to play an international game… the USA have a few games in the summer. I am hoping I will be selected for them, so I will tick over in the gym and keep myself fit just in case.”

The 20-year-old, who featured in 30 Championship games for Bolton and had an instrumental role in Everton Under-23s’ Premier League 2 title success in 2016/17, will now travel with his national side to Dublin, where the USA face Republic of Ireland on Saturday night.

Sarachan’s side wrap up their summer schedule with a game against France in Lyon on 9 June.

Ashley Williams, meanwhile, was forced off injured 21 minutes into Wales’ scoreless draw with World Cup qualifiers Mexico in Pasadena.

Everton centre-back Williams hurt himself stretching to challenge striker Javier Hernandez and was replaced by Bristol Rovers defender Tom Lockyer.

Wales boss Ryan Giggs, whose team held firm in the face of a Mexican onslaught – and in front of a partisan 82,345 crowd – revealed captain Williams had been taken to hospital for an X-ray on his suspected rib problem.


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