A sublime fifth minute chip from Billy Knott got England off to a winning start in the Nordic Tournament.
England 1-0 Finland
The Nordic Tournament
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A sublime fifth minute chip from Chelsea's Billy Knott got England off to a winning start in the Nordic Tournament, with a 1-0 victory over Finland in the stifling heat of Sweden.
Knott collected a misplaced pass 35 yards from goal and with the Finnish 'keeper, Walter Viitala, stranded he lofted the ball into an empty net.
The humid conditions made for a game of relatively few chances, with the Young Lions creating only a couple of clear cut opportunities throughout. Shortly after England went ahead, Luke Freeman had a shot saved by Viitala, but with an eye on tomorrow's second group game, ten second-half substitutes ultimately meant neither side could take complete control.
Goalkeeper Ryan Allsop made two smart saves on his England debut to ensure Kenny Swain's side claimed all three points.
England's second group match is against Iceland tomorrow, with Norway providing the opposition on Thursday.England
1 Ryan Allsop, 3 Jamie Reckord (12 Luke Garbutt, 52), 4 James Hurst, 5 Oliver Nicholas, 6 Tom Parkes, 7 Nathaniel Laing (16 Connor Wickham, 57), 8 Chuks Aneke (15 Joe McCann, 40), 9 Jacob Walcott (14 Jesse Lingard, 82), 10 Luke Freeman (2 Keanu Marsh-Brown, 71), 17 Kieran Edwards, 18 Billy Knott (11 Jason Banton, 71)Substitutes not used
13 Jak AlnwickFinland
1 Walter Viitala, 3 Jussi Fredriksson, 4 Samu Nieminen, 5 Johannes Nordstrom, 7 Joel Wulff, 9 Nikolai Alho (16 Matias Juntunen, 76), 10 Riko Laitinen (15 Juho-Teppo Berg, 54), 11 Santeri Makinen (2 Elja Heiskanen, 69), 13 Jusu Karvonen (8 Jesse Ahonen, 56), 14 Kevin Mombilo, 17 Juhu Lehtonen, (18 Teemu Pastila, 52)Substitutes not used
6 Lum Rexhepi, 12 Jere PyharantaMatch Officials
Steven McLean (Scotland)Assistant Referees
Dennis Rasmussen (Denmark) and Jan a Lidarenda (Faroe Islands)Fourth Official
Thoroddur Hjaltalin (Iceland)