A five-star display from England's U17s helped make it two wins from two against Russia.
England 5-1 Russia U17 International Tournament
Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham
03 September 2004
It was a five-star performance from John Peacock's U17s at Gillingham this evening as they made it two wins from two in this year's Pepsi International Tournament.
Visitors Russia were up against a confident young England side fresh from a 2-1 victory over Italy on Wednesday, and it was a rampant display from West Ham United striker Hogan Ephraim that boosted England's goal difference as he claimed four of our five strikes.
Ephraim, who was a regular in last term's U16s and has already found the net for England twice this season, was in inspired form as he put England in charge of this match and set up an interesting final match against holders Portugal on Sunday.
Southampton youngster Theo Walcott also made his mark after impressing on Wednesday, and his goal tonight made it a miserable evening for their Russian counterparts whose only consolation was a goal from the penalty spot.
The match against Portugal on Sunday is also at Gillingham's Priestfield stadium and kicks off at 3.30pm and a win for the Three Lions would see them lift the trophy.England U17s v Russia, 03 September 2004, Gillingham
Zac Jones - Liverpool, Scott Golbourne - Bristol City, Lewis McGugan - Nottingham Forest, Leigh Mills - Tottenham Hotspur, Robert Sissons - Bolton Wanderers, Hogan Ephraim - West Ham United (Joe Garner - Blackburn Rovers), Myles Weston - Charlton Athletic, Lee Cattermole - Middlesbrough, Michael Mancienne - Middlesbrough, Theo Walcott - Southampton (Darryl Knights - Ipswich Town), Andrew Gooding - Coventry City (J Martin)