The Young Lions produced a dominant performance against Senegal to win the Four Nations Tournament and in the process finish the competition unbeaten.
Early goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Dominic Solanke made it a comfortable afternoon for England who remained calm and collected throughout.
Paul Simpson chose to make a number of changes for the third game running. This meant that all three goalkeepers in the squad got the chance to start a game in the Four Nations Tournament.
- U20 Four Nations Tournament
- Tuesday 28 March 2017
- Stade Municipal Du Haut-Champ, Ploufragan
- By Michael Brown
The Young Lions took the lead in the sixth minute through a tap-in from Calvert-Lewin. Senegalese goalkeeper Lamine Sarr failed to hold a shot from Solanke after he cut in from the right-wing and the Everton man was on hand to take advantage.
The African Cup of Nations U20 Finalists’ first meaningful chance came on 15 minutes when Pape Habib Gueye was found in the box but his effort was lashed well over the bar.
Three minutes later England’s lead was doubled through a lovely cushioned header by Solanke – the cross was inch-perfect from Ademola Lookman on the left wing.
Throughout the first half Patrick Roberts had a handful of shots gathered, all in a similar vein as he cut in onto his left foot from the right before shooting from range.
Five minutes from the interval and Luke Southwood pulled off a great save to keep England’s clean sheet in-tact. A shot came in from an acute angle and he spread himself to deflect it from harm’s way.
The Young Lions nearly made it three in the 52nd minute, but a shot from Roberts and goalmouth scramble involving Solanke was not enough to get the ball over the line.
And in the 67th minute, England had another good chance that was not converted. Adam Armstrong put Max Lowe free on the left and as he drove into the box his low cross was missed by Solanke and Kieran Dowell, the latter slipping when he was ready to tap home.
Senegal never really troubled the Young Lions’ defence throughout the game and in the final minute of normal time, Senegal’s No.9, Mouhamed Pouye was given a straight red card for a reckless challenge.
England: 22 Luke Southwood (Reading), 5 Fikayo Tomori (Brighton & Hove Albion, on loan from Chelsea), 14 Jake Clarke-Salter (Chelsea), 21 Rico Henry (Brentford), 2 Jonjoe Kenny (Everton), 4 Lewis Cook (AFC Bournemouth, capt), 18 Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal), 7 Patrick Roberts (Celtic, on loan from Manchester City), 10 Dominc Solanke (Chelsea), 11 Ademola Lookman (Everton), 12 Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)
Substitutes: 15 Josh Sims (Southampton) for Calvert-Lewin 46, 19 Kieran Dowell (Everton) for Lookman 46, 17 Max Lowe (Derby County) for Henry 46, 3 Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic, on loan from Everton) for Kenny 46, 20 Axel Tuanzebe (Manchester United) for Cook 66, 9 Adam Armstrong (Barnsley, on loan from Newcastle United) for Roberts 66, 6 Dael Fry (Middlesbrough) for Clarke-Salter 75
Substitutes not used: 1 Freddie Woodman (Kilmarnock, on loan from Newcastle United), 13 Dean Henderson (Manchester United), 16 Ryan Ledson (Oxford United)
Coach: Paul Simpson
Goals: Calvert-Lewin 6, Solanke 18