Internationals: Mount inspires England comeback
news Wed 21 Mar 2018
Mason Mount scored one and assisted twice as England Under-19s came from behind to defeat Hungary in European Championship qualification.
The midfielder has spent the season on loan in the Eredivisie with Vitesse, where he has scored seven goals in 16 league starts, and he lined up alongside Trevoh Chalobah and Reece James for Paul Simpson’s side in Macedonia. Jamie Cumming and Dujon Sterling were unused subs.
England are the reigning European champions after lifting the trophy in Georgia last summer and their defence of the crown has been strong. The young Lions beat Faroe Islands, Iceland and Bulgaria in the first qualification stage in November but fell behind to the Hungarians just before half-time before Mount inspired a second-half comeback.
The 19-year-old scored shortly after the restart to make it 1-1 before twice teeing up Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson. Jadon Sancho came off the bench to add a late fourth as Simpson’s side kicked off the elite round of qualification with three points. They will now face Latvia on Saturday and Macedonia next Tuesday, with the group winners advancing to July’s finals in Finland.
Centre-back Joseph Colley was also a starter in Under-19 Euros qualification as he captained Sweden to a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw against Ukraine. Romania and Serbia are the other two teams in Group 4.
There was less good news for Scotland’s youngsters and our midfielder Billy Gilmour, who skippered the Scots in a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Greece in qualification for the Under-17 European Championship finals, which are being hosted in England this summer. Germany and Norway will be next up for Scotland over the next week.