England's Under-17 side beat Russia 3-0.
England: Valentino Livramento, Haydon Roberts, Ben Knight, James Trafford, Joseph Gelhardt (Sam Greenwood, 71), Joseph Hodge, Jensen Weir, Nathan Wood-Gordon, Armstrong Oko-Flex (Morgan Rogers, 80), Dennis Cirkin (Taylor Harwood-Bellis, 62_, Harvey Elliot (Alexander Mighten, 71).
Subs: Louie Moulden, Miguel Azeez, Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Teden Mengi, Alexander Mighten, Yunus Musah, Sam Greenwood, Fabio Carvalho, Morgan Rogers, Serine Sanneh.
Russia: Eshchenko Sergei, Eleev Maksim, Agapov Ilia, Nikitenkov Aleksei, Litvinov Ruslan, Petrov Maksim, Danilin Maksim, Litvinov Viacheslav, Vedernikov Danila, Iosifov Nikita, Faizullin Denis.
Subs: Fedorov Danil, Sentiurin Mikhail, Cherniakov Danil, Shershnev Nikita, Pishchulin Nikita, Bykovskii Ilia, Mikushin Vladislav, Agalakov Vladislav, Suleimanov Nikita.
Referee: Paul Marsdon
Assistants: Ravel Cheosiaua and Thomas Harty
Fourth official: Tom Reeves
The England Under-17 set up travelled to the Montgomery Waters Meadow this afternoon to face-off with Russia’s Under-17 squad in the U17 International Youth Tournament.
England came out of the tie 3-0 winners, with goals from Haydon Roberts and Joseph Gelhardt
The first 20 minutes of the game had a competitive edge, with both sides not holding back and looking to pressure the opposition. Russia had a small number of half chances but couldn’t take the early lead.
It took England 31 minutes to break the deadlock. Haydon Roberts latched onto a loose ball in the box and poked home the ball from four yards out to give England the one goal advantage.
England doubled the lead two minutes before time. Joseph Gelhardt showed some individual class to dink past two Russian defenders before powerfully slotting the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal.
The same player struck again just three minutes later. This time Gelhardt took on his man and struck the ball with his right foot, finding the other corner of the goal to give England a three-goal advantage.
England went into the break the team on top. A good start for the home side saw three goals put into the Russian net.
The second-half began with Russia looking more solid defensively. England were still the team in the ascendancy, but Steve Cooper’s team couldn’t calve out any clear-cut chances.
Goalmouth action dried up in the second half. Both teams were doing better to retain possession but couldn’t put any real danger on the opposition’s back line.
A comfortable performance for England saw the young lions keep the ball well and frustrate the Russian opposition. Joseph Hodge was doing well to distribute the ball around the pitch in accurate fashion.
England came out of the game 3-0 winners over the visitors. Haydon Roberts and Joseph Gelhartd took their chances and secured the win for the young lions side.