Men's Under 21s
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England U21s 3-0 Latvia

Goals from Demarai Gray, Tammy Abraham and Kasey Palmer help Young Lions to victory

Tuesday 05 Sep 2017

England Under-21s got their first win of the new Euro qualifying campaign, after seeing off Latvia in Bournemouth on Tuesday evening.

Aidy Boothroyd’s side kick-started the season with a draw against the Netherlands on Friday, but picked up three points on the south coast as the road to the 2019 Euro Finals in Italy and San Marino finds its flow.

England 3-0 Latvia
  • UEFA European U21 Championship
  • Group F
  • Tuesday 5 September 2017
  • Vitality Stadium, AFC Bournemouth
  • Live on BT Sport

After suffering semi-final heartache at the 2017 edition this summer, Boothroyd will have been extra pleased to see two of his team from that defeat to Germany finding the net in the shape of Demarai Gray and Tammy Abraham, who also scored in that game.

But there will be aspects from the Young Lions’ performance which the head coach will also know need improving, as they head into next month’s qualifiers with Andorra and an international derby with Scotland.

It was an up-tempo start from England though and the first chance fell to Gray when Abraham did well to break away and cut the ball back to him from the right, only for his shot to be well saved by Vladislavs Kurakins in the Latvia goal.

He wasn’t to be denied moments later when Abraham teed up the Leicester City man, ironically the subject of a transfer deadline day bid from AFC Bournemouth, who struck an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

It was then Abraham who doubled England’s advantage, as the Swansea City striker took advantage of a loose ball before turning and striking a low shot at goal. Kurakins got a hand to it, but the ball slipped from his grasp and rolled over the line.

Kurakins played a role in England’s third goal too, as he fumbled Tom Davies’ cross from the right and Kasey Palmer was on hand to scramble home from close range with his final kick of the game before being replaced by Dominic Solanke.

With Everton duo Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ademola Lookman also joining the attack from the bench all pushing to add to England’s tally, with Calvert-Lewin and Davies both forcing impressive late saves from Kurakins.

They couldn’t find an extra goal but with four points now on the board, the new class of Young Lions will take their confidence forward into October.

England: 1 Freddie Woodman (Newcastle United); 2 Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), 6 Fikayo Tomori (Hull City, loan from Chelsea), 5 Joe Gomez (Liverpool) (c), 3 Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham Hotspur); 10 Kasey Palmer (Huddersfield Town, loan from Chelsea), 4 Lewis Cook (AFC Bournemouth), 8 Tom Davies (Everton), 11 Demarai Gray (Leicester City), 7 Sheyi Ojo (Fulham, loan from Liverpool), 9 Tammy Abraham (Swansea City, loan from Chelsea).

Substitutes: 16 Ademola Lookman (Everton) for Ojo 59, 14 Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) 68, 15 Dominic Solanke (Liverpool) for Palmer 71

Substitutes not used: 13 Dean Henderson (Shrewsbury Town, loan from Manchester United), 17 Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), 18 Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal), 12 Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest)

Head coach: Aidy Boothroyd

Goals: Demarai Gray 13, Tammy Abraham 35, Kasey Palmer 70

Cautions: Kyle Walker-Peters 51

Latvia: 1 Vladislavs Kurakins, 6 Kriss Karklins, 3 Viktors Litvinskis, 5 Antonijs Cernomordjis (c), 8 Andrejs Ciganiks, 7 Ingars Stuglis, 17 Roberts Uldrikis, 13 Raivis Andris Jurkovskis, 20 Eduards Emsis, 10 Vladislavs Fjodorovs.

Substitutes: 21 Janis Grinbergs for Fjodorovs 62, 16 Andris Krusatins for Ciganiks 74, 11 Nikita Ivanovs for Uldrikis 81

Substitutes not used: 12 Kristaps Zommers, , 14 Kristaps Liepa, 18 Martins Kigurs, 9 Marks Kurtiss

Head coach: Dainis Kazakevics

Referee: Vasilis Dimitrou

Attendance: 8514

By Nicholas Veevers at Vitality Stadium, AFC Bournemouth