Marcus Edwards bags brace as England U18s win in Austria

Wednesday 23 Mar 2016
England forward Marcus Edwards

England Under-18s twice came from behind to win 3-2 in Austria – with Tottenham Hotspur forward Marcus Edwards bagging a brace.

Neil Dewsnip’s Young Lions fell behind in the 16th minute, but Edwards levelled within 60 seconds in front of 1,200 fans in Wiener Neustadt.

Austria 2-3 England

Under-18s International Match
Wiener Neustadt
Wednesday 23 March 2016

The hosts notched a second immediately after half-time only for Edwards to fire again on 48 minutes.

Chances continue to fall to England, with Isaac Buckley-Ricketts, Nathan Holland and Andre Green all forcing saves from the Austrian goalkeeper.

But Dewsnip pulled off a masterstroke in introducing Manchester  City striker Lukas Nmecha, who fired home a 77th-minute winner with practically his first touch after coming on as a substitute.

The Young Lions head back to St. George’s Park on Thursday before playing Republic of Ireland in a behind-closed-doors match at the national football centre on Sunday.

England (4-3-2-1): 1. Alfie Whiteman (Tottenham Hotspur); 2 Trent Arnold (Liverpool), 6 Reece Oxford (West Ham), 5 Easah Suliman (Aston Villa), 3 Cameron Humphreys (Manchester City); 8 Tom  Davies  (Everton), 4 Jacob Davenport (Manchester City), 10 Nathan Holland (Everton); 7 Marcus Edwards (Tottenham Hotspur), 11 Chris Willock (Arsenal); 9 Isaac Buckley-Ricketts (Manchester City).

Substitutes: 15 Herbie Kane (Liverpool) for Davenport 65, 17 Andre Green (Aston Villa) for Willock 65), 12 Ro-Shaun Williams (Manchester United) for Humphreys 74, 16 Antony Evans (Everton) for Holland 74, 18 Lukas Nmecha (Manchester City) for Buckley-Ricketts 74.

Not used: 13. Aaron Ramsdale (Sheffield United).

Goals: Edwards 17, 48, Nmecha 77

Head coach: Neil Dewsnip.

Attendance: 1,200.

By James Callow Content manager