England U19s got their Elite Round qualifiers off to a winning start in Skopje with a second-half comeback enough to beat Hungary by 4-1.
Strikes from Mason Mount, Jadon Sancho and a Reiss Nelson double proved enough to seal three points for the Young Lions in their first of three games in Macedonia.
- UEFA European U19 Championship
- Elite Qualifying Round
- Wednesday 21 March 2018
- National Arena, Skopje, Macedonia
The Young Lions had found themselves a goal down at the break when Hungary took the lead towards the end of a first half which had been dominated by England.
Goalkeeper Balazs Bese was forced into action on a number of occasions to keep England at bay in the opening period.
Even when Joe Willock looked to have beaten him with a low left-footer, the ball bounced back off the post and Ben Brereton’s follow-up went straight at the keeper.
It was an equally fine strike which saw Hungary edge in front though, as Zsombvar Bevardi picked up Ellery Balcombe’s clearance before firing a strike straight back past him and into the far corner.
The second half was less than three minutes old when England drew level, as Mount showed his calmness in a crowded area to place a side-footer into the bottom corner.
Just over five minutes later, Nelson struck England ahead with a fine goal as he pinged a left-footed shot into the top corner from just inside the area.
The Arsenal forward had his second in the 86th minute after Mount’s shot had been blocked.
And substitute Sancho put the seal on the scoreline one minute later, as Paul Simpson’s men set themselves up for their next game with Latvia on Saturday.
England U19s: 1 Ellery Balcombe (Brentford); 2 Reece James (Chelsea), 3 Adam Lewis (Liverpool), 4 Flynn Downes (Luton Town, loan from Ipswich), 5 Japhet Tanganga (Tottenham Hotspur), 6 Trevoh Chalobah (Chelsea) (C), 7 Reiss Nelson (Arsenal), 8 Joe Willock (Arsenal), 9 Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest), 10 Mason Mount (Vitesse Arnhem, loan from Chelsea), 11 Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal)
Substitutes: Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) for Brereton 73, George Hirst (Sheffield Wednesday) for Nketiah 85, Marcus McGuane (Barcelona) for Willock 89
Substitutes not used: Elliot Embleton (Sunderland), Jamie Cumming (Chelsea), Phil Foden (Manchester City, Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Ed Francis (Manchester City), Dujon Sterling (Chelsea), Ben Wilmot (Stevenage), Tristan Nydam (Ipswich Town), George Hirst (Sheffield Wednesday)
Goals: Mason Mount 48, Reiss Nelson 54, 86, Jadon Sancho 87
Head coach: Paul Simpson