Gordon Bags Brace On Dream Debut

Anthony Gordon enjoyed a dream debut for England Under-21s by netting two goals in a 3-1 win over the Czech Republic at Burnley's Turf Moor.

It took less than four minutes for Everton winger Gordon to open his account for the young Three Lions, cutting in from the left flank before finding the bottom corner of the net via a deflection off defender Martin Vitik. 

Czech Republic had won all four of their previous UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifiers, without conceding a goal, heading into this contest - but Gordon continued his and England's flying start on 11 minutes.

On-loan Crystal Palace midfielder Conor Gallagher led a break down the right wing and when his initial shot was well saved by goalkeeper Matej Kovar, Gordon was perfectly placed in the six-yard box to slot home the rebound.

Arsenal's Folarin Balogun added a third for the Under-21s, who are managed by former Blues midfielder Lee Carsley, before Adam Karabec pulled one back for the visitors before the half-time interval.

Gordon went close to completing a hat-trick seven minutes after the restart - but Kovar did excellently to keep out another fiercely-struck effort.

The result leaves Carsley's charges well-placed in their bid to qualify for the 2023 summer tournament that will be co-hosted by Georgia and Romania.

Next up for Gordon and England's youngsters is a trip to Georgia for a friendly on Tuesday 16 November (2pm GMT).

Elsewhere, Seamus Coleman captained the Republic of Ireland as the Boys in Green held Portugal to a goalless draw in a 2022 World Cup qualifier.

Speaking after the game at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Coleman said: "From the beginning you could see what we were trying to do and we looked comfortable for lots of the game.

"Of course, I want him [Stephen Kenny] to stay. You could see by the support, they're enjoying the football, the players are being brave, wanting the ball, enjoying the ball.

"I love playing for Ireland, as players we're really enjoying it."

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