Calvert-Lewin Scores As England Under-21s Are Held By Poland

Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored an early goal and Jonjoe Kenny was named captain as five Everton players featured in England Under-21s’ 1-1 friendly draw with Poland.

Ademola Lookman and Kieran Dowell also started the match for Aidy Boothroyd’s side, while Tom Davies was introduced as a second-half substitute. 

The Young Lions made a bright start at Bristol City’s Ashton Gate and Calvert-Lewin had already seen an effort kept out by Liverpool goalkeeper Kamil Grabara when he capitalised on good work from winger Reiss Nelson to side-foot his country in front on 13 minutes. 

England remained in the ascendancy for much of the first half and skipper Kenny almost doubled his side’s lead when forcing a fine stop from Grabara with a well-struck drive from the edge of the box.  


However, the hosts were pegged back on 34 minutes when Lookman was harshly adjudged to have fouled Bartosz Kapustka 30 yards from goal and Legia Warsaw’s Sebastian Szymanski brilliantly swung the ball into Angus Gunn’s top left corner from the resulting free-kick. 

Calvert-Lewin and Lookman were the first Everton players to be withdrawn on 72 minutes, shortly before Davies replaced Manchester City’s Phil Foden. Dowell then made way for Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury on 80 minutes, with only Kenny being given the full 90 minutes. 


England Under-21s are in action again next Tuesday when they take on Germany at Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium. The two fixtures will serve as preparation for this summer's European Under-21 Championships in Italy.

Meanwhile, Everton attacker Nikola Vlasic, currently on loan at CSKA Moscow, played the final 17 minutes as Croatia defeated Azerbaijan 2-1 in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier in Zagreb.

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