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England MU17s held to draw with Ukraine in Marbella in first of February fixtures

Thursday 06 Feb 2020
England MU17s drew 0-0 with Ukraine in Marbella

England MU17s were held to a 0-0 draw in their game against Ukraine in Marbella on Thursday. 

Kevin Betsy's Young Lions were unable to find a winner against the Ukrainians at the Stadium Lorenzo Cuevas in the first of three fixtures in February.

They will next face Russia on Saturday 8 February and face Ukraine again in their final fixture, two days later.

The fixtures will be a key part of England’s preparation for their UEFA U17 EURO elite round qualifiers, which will be played in March.

Betsy’s side will face Georgia, Romania and hosts Belgium in Group 6 as they look to qualify for this summer’s tournament in Estonia.

“These games will play a really important part of the final stages of our preparation for this year’s U17 elite round qualifiers, which has been an ongoing process through the England pathway," said Betsy.

“We wanted to play three matches to replicate the Elite Round format and with Ukraine and Russia we’re facing sides that will give us similar tactical and physical challenges that we’ll face in the qualifiers in March.

“We’ve got a quite a few new players to welcome on this camp and we are looking forward to seeing them.

"As is common at this age group, we have a number of players in their GCSE year and we also have players playing first team football and doing well for their clubs and are also progressing in the FA Youth Cup, so this gives the opportunity to others."

England: 22 Matthew Cox (AFC Wimbledon)5 Fedel Ross-Lang (Manchester City), 6 Jarrell Quansah (Liverpool), 7 Nile John (Tottenham Hotspur), 12 Nelson Abbey (Reading), 19 Ethan Ingram (West Bromwich Albion), 8 Aaron Ramsey (Aston Villa), 9 Lewis Dobbin (Crystal Palace), 10 Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich), 11 Louie Barry (Aston Villa), 17 Omari Hutchinson (Arsenal)

Substitutes:  4 Harvey Vale (Chelsea) for John 72, 14 Amadou Diallo (West Ham United) for Hutchinson (Arsenal) 72, 15 Abdul Abdulmalik (Millwall) for Barry 84

Substitutes not used: 1 Coniah Boyce-Clarke (Reading), 13 Teddy Sharman-Lowe (Burton Albion), 3 Imari Samuels (Reading), 20 Derrick Abu (Chelsea), 16 James Sweet (Arsenal), 18 Ayman Benarous (Bristol City), 21 Fionin Mooney (Crystal Palace)

Head coach: Kevin Betsy 

By Tom Dean