England U20s' dazzling form continued as the Young Lions picked up a second victory in a week with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Portugal at Manchester City’s Academy Stadium.
Captain Easah Suliman capped off a sterling display for the men in white, scoring England’s only goal in the second half after a sterling opening display.
Keith Downing’s side opened the scoring on 15 minutes when Benfica’s Chris Willock coolly finished from close range.
- Academy Stadium
- 7pm, Tuesday 27 March, 2018
- By Max Chesterton
England made a lively start to the game when on-loan Oxford United forward Isaac Buckley-Ricketts saw his driven strike deflected over the bar on five minutes.
Only moments later, left winger Willock brilliantly crept into the box, before letting off a curling strike that sailed inches over the Portuguese upright.
Willock was eventually rewarded for his endeavours on 15 minutes when the 20-year-old rolled his marker and neatly struck past the diving Fabio Duarte to give the Young Lions a deserved lead.
England continued positively on the front foot and winger Buckley-Ricketts almost added a second when the forward's second effort of the half was guided wide by the Portuguese stopper.
Fresh from his match winning performance against Poland on Thursday, Villa’s Davis again found himself at the centre of the action, bursting through the Portuguese backline before being tugged down by Joao Queiros to earn England a penalty five minutes before the break.
The striker dusted himself down and neatly slotted home to pick up a second goal in three matches and hand his side a comfortable lead going into half time.
England started the second half in much the same vein as the first, almost adding to Portugal’s misery when Willock poked Buckley-Ricketts' low cross only inches wide.
The hosts emphatically added a third on 66 minutes when Willock’s guided cross found an unmarked Suliman in the middle to round off a spectacular night for Keith Downing’s side.
England U20: 1 Nathan Trott (West Ham United), 2 Callum Brittain (MK Dons), 3 Lloyd Kelly (Bristol City), 4 Tayo Edun (Fulham), 5 Ezri Konsa (Charlton Athletic), 6 Easah Suliman (c) (Grimsby Town, loan from Aston Villa), 7 Isaac Buckley-Ricketts (Oxford United, loan from Manchester City), 8 Josh Dasilva (Arsenal), 9 Keinan Davis (Aston Villa), 10 Marcus Edwards (Norwich City, loan from Tottenham Hotspur), 11 Chris Willock (Benfica)
Substitutes: 16 Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace) for Brittain 67, 12 Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) for Edwards 67, 17 Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (Aston Villa) for Davis 76, 14 Josh Sims (Southampton) for Willock 76, 15 Darnell Johnson (Leicester City) for Konsa 82, 19 Ronaldo Vieira (Leeds United) for Dasilva 82
Substitutes not used: 13 Aynsley Pears (Middlesbrough),
Goals: Willock 15, Davis 41, Suliman 66
Head coach: Keith Downing
Portugal: 1 Fabio Duarte, 3 Joao Queiros, 6 Rui Pires (c), 7 Andre Vidigal, 8 Bruno Jordao, 13 David Carmo, 14 Bruno Paz, 15 Andre Sousa, 17 Pedro Neto, 19 Mickael Almeida, 20 Pedro Pereira
Substitutes: 11 Tiago Dias for Andre Vidigal 54, 9 Pedro Marques for Mickael Almeida 54, 10 Pedro Goncalves for Bruno Jordao, 2 Alexandre Pinto for Pedro Pereira, 16 Nuno Nunes for Rui Pires 84, 5 Abdu Conte for Andre Sousa 84
Substitutes not used: 4 Luis Silva, 12 Ricardo Benjamin, 18 Leandro Silva