INTERNATIONALS: MIXED RESULTS FOR YOUNG ENGLAND SIDES
Josh McEachran was on target for England Under-21s in a big win over Austria at Brighton on Monday evening.
The on-loan Chelsea midfielder came on as a substitute and had a shot stopped by an Austrian hand. He had a penalty saved in an Under-21 international last month (although a team mate scored from the rebound) but this time he made no mistake from the spot to double England's lead.
Nathaniel Chalobah had started the game and the 18-year-old fired over the bar at the end of an attack he initiated midway through the first half, before the Austrian goalkeeper was sent-off with England opening the scoring from the resultant free-kick. Chalobah had a long-range shot saved on the stroke of half-time.
Austria ended the game with nine men, losing another player to a red card for the incident that led to McEachran's penalty and were eventually beaten 4-0. It was England Under-21s ninth win on the spin and they will contest the European Championship finals in June.
Islam Feruz came on midway through the second half of Scotland Under-21s' European Championship qualifier win at home to Luxembourg. It was the 17-year-old striker's competitive debut at this level and he soon had a free-kick from distance saved. The score was 2-0 when Feruz was introduced and the Scots added one more goal without reply.
Two of Chelsea's on-loan defenders, Jeffrey Bruma and Patrick van Aanholt, played in the Netherlands Under-21s' 4-1 home win against Norway, and Milan Lalkovic was up front for Slovakia Under-21s in a 2-1 home defeat by Slovenia. Both those games were friendlies.
Four Chelsea players were in the starting line-up for England Under-17s in the second game of their on-going European Championship qualification tournament. Looking to build on their opening game win over Portugal, the England side opened the scoring in Burton but went down 2-1.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Alex Kiwomy and schoolboys Ola Aina and Charlie Colkett were the Chelsea players involved with Kiwomya and Loftus Cheek going close to scoring an equaliser. With Russia U17s having won both their games so far, England need to beat Slovenia on Wednesday to keep hopes of reaching the finals alive.