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Ross Barkley nets a brace to ensure Callum Hudson-Odoi marks his first England start with a win

Callum Hudson-Odoi had a night to remember on his first start for England, as a brace from Chelsea team-mate Ross Barkley was the catalyst for a 5-1 victory against Montenegro.

Gareth Southgate’s side had to come from behind in Podgorica to take all three points from this Euro 2020 qualifier, with Marko Vesavic handing Montenegro a shock lead before Michael Keane drew England level.

Barkley then edged the Three Lions in front, applying the finishing touch to an assist from Hudson-Odoi to tap home from close range.

The Chelsea midfielder was then in the right place at the right time to extend the lead shortly after the break, sweeping home a loose ball to make it 3-1 before further goals from Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling sealed a comfortable win.

Hudson-Odoi, who started as part of an attacking front three for England, was bright throughout and went close to a first international goal himself during the second half, as he skipped past his marker before being denied by a smart stop from the goalkeeper.

The teenage winger, who made his senior debut during Friday’s 5-0 victory over Czech Republic, completed the full 90 minutes and caught the eye on both the right and left flank.

Meanwhile, Olivier Giroud got himself on the scoresheet for the second game running for France, as the reigning World Cup champions defeated Iceland 4-0 in Paris.

The Chelsea striker, who netted during Friday’s 4-1 away victory over Moldova, doubled France’s lead following Samuel Umtiti’s opener, before Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann secured the victory to make it two wins from two from their opening pair of Euro 2020 qualifiers. Giroud is now clear third in his nation's list of all-time topscorers.  

Blues midfielder N’Golo Kante also featured, starting and performing well in midfield, while Kurt Zouma was an unused substitute for the French.

Jared Thompson was on the bench as Northern Ireland Under-21s defeated Mexico Under-22s in a friendly, with a late goals securing a 2-1 victory for Ian Baraclough's side. 

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