England strikers Jermain Defoe and Nick Powell net Europa League goals
England striker Jermain Defoe celebrated his call-up to Roy Hodgson’s squad on Thursday with the opening goal in Tottenham Hotspur’s Europa League win against Anzhi Makhachkala.
Defoe’s first-half strike set Spurs on their way to a 2-0 victory in Moscow and was also his seventh goal of the season from just four starts for Andre Villas-Boas’ side.
Latching onto a pass from Lewis Holtby, the 30-year-old finished emphatically past Anzhi ‘keeper Yevgeny Pomazan in the 34th minute.
And England team-mate Kyle Walker then played his part in the result, by setting up a second goal for Nacer Chadli five minutes later with a low cross for the Belgian to score.
The pair were joined in Spurs’ starting line-up by Ezekiel Fyrers, who featured in Gareth Southgate’s last England Under-21 squad, with defender Michael Dawson also appearing from the bench as the Londoners collected an impressive result in Group K.
Meanwhile, England Under-21 forward Nick Powell made history at the DW Stadium as he scored Wigan Athletic's first ever goal in European competition in their 3-1 against NK Maribor.
Powell, currently on loan with Owen Coyle's side from Manchester United, headed home the first goal to put the Latics ahead after 21 minutes and wrote his name into the club's history at the same time.
Former England Under-21 midfielder Ben Watson and last season's FA Cup match-winner then added a second goal ten minutes before the break to put the Championship club in control.
And despite the Slovenians pulling a goal back after the break, Powell added a second for himself in the final minute, firing home a left-footer to seal a memorable night for the Latics.
Swansea City were also winners in the Europa League, with Wayne Routledge's second-half goal proving enough to beat Swiss outfit St. Gallen.