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Keith Downing's clinical Young Lions hit five against Italy in Gorgonzola

Thursday 05 Oct 2017
U20s boss Keith Downing saw his side run out as 5-1 winners in Italy

England U20s picked up an impressive victory on the road on Thursday evening, with a 5-1 win over Italy.

Keith Downing’s men really found their form in Gorgonzola to build on last month’s results against the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Italy 1-5 England
  • U20 International Match
  • Thursday 5 October
  • Municipal Stadium of Gorgonzola


And it took less than five minutes to get the scoring underway as Isaac Buckley-Ricketts headed the Young Lions in front, before the Azzurrini drew level on the quarter-hour mark.

But England were in clinical form after that, as Spurs starlet Marcus Edwards restored the lead after 21 minutes before Buckley-Ricketts added his second and gave his side a two-goal advantage ten minutes before the break.

With Italy looking to find a way back into the match after the re-start, it allowed England to take advantage and they found a fourth just after the hour through captain Easah Suliman.

And Ike Ugbo completed the scoring from the penalty spot in the 67th minute to give Downing’s side an excellent start to the week.

The squad will now return to St. George’s Park, where they will face Czech Republic on Tuesday afternoon.

England: 1 Aaron Ramsdale (AFC Bournemouth), 2 Callum Brittain (MK Dons), 3 Lloyd Kelly (Bristol City), 4 Tayo Edun (Fulham), 5 Reece Oxford (West Ham United), 6 Easah Suliman (Aston Villa) (c), 7 Isaac Buckley-Ricketts (FC Twente, loan from Manchester City), 8 Sam Field (West Bromwich Albion), 9 Ike Ugbo (Barnsley, loan from Chelsea), 10 Marcus Edwards (Tottenham Hotspur), 11 Chris Willock (Benfica), Harvey Barnes (Barnsley, loan from Leicester City) for Edwards 78

Substitutes: 18 Connor Mahoney (AFC Bournemouth) for Willock 75, 16 Josh Dasilva (Arsenal) for Edun 75, 12 Ezri Konsa (Charlton Athletic) for Oxford 78, 

Substitutes not used: 13 Nathan Trott (West Ham United), 14 Darnell Johnson (Leicester City), 15 Jay Dasilva (Charlton Athletic, loan from Chelsea), , 17  

Head coach: Keith Downing

Goals: Isaac Buckley-Ricketts 4, 34, Marcus Edwards 21 Easah Suliman 63, Ike Ugbo (p) 67

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By FA Staff