Noni Madueke came off the bench to score and assist as England Under-21s defeated France 4-0 at Leicester’s King Power Stadium.
The Chelsea winger took centre stage in an impressive cameo, adding a second goal for the Young Lions after Emile Smith Rowe had opened the scoring.
Madueke slid a low drive beyond the goalkeeper for his goal after being played in by Curtis Jones and then he repaid the favour moments later when he set up Jones to add a third with a pinpoint cross.
The Young Lions secured the comprehensive win late on when Jacob Ramsey added a fourth. Chelsea’s Levi Colwill, who wore the armband for a period, started in defence for Lee Carsley’s side while Benoit Badiashile featured at centre-back for France before being withdrawn with eight minutes remaining.
In senior action, Denis Zakaria was part of the Switzerland side that got their European Championship qualification campaign off to the perfect start, by thumping Belarus 5-0 away from home.
The Chelsea midfielder played the entire 90 minutes at the base of a midfield three and impressed throughout the comprehensive victory.
Elsewhere, Ian Maatsen came off the bench to help the Netherlands Under-21 side defeat Norway 3-0 in a friendly. The Chelsea left-back, currently on loan at Burnley, was shown a yellow card towards the end of the encounter.
There was plenty of Chelsea involvement at youth level earlier on Saturday, with Harvey Vale catching the eye with a fine display for England Under-19s in their 4-2 friendly victory over USA in Marbella.
The Chelsea youngster, who spent time on loan at Hull City earlier this campaign, captained the Young Lions who also introduced Carney Chukwuemeka and Bashir Humphreys – currently on loan from Chelsea at Paderborn – as second-half substitutes.
There was also Chelsea representation in the USA side, with Gaga Slonina between the sticks for the States in the second half.
Another goalkeeper, Lucas Bergstrom, was in goal for Finland Under-21s as they were held to a 1-1 draw by North Macedonia in a friendly, while David Datro Fofana featured for Ivory Coast Under-23s in a goalless draw with Uzbekistan.
Earlier in the day, Lewis Hall started for England Under-19s as they were defeated 1-0 by Iceland in a European Championship qualifier, with the winning goal coming from the penalty spot. Charlie Webster entered the fray as a late substitute while Zak Sturge was unused.
England Under-17s featured Josh Acheampong and Michael Golding as they defeated Northern Ireland 2-0 in a European Championship qualifier.