Callum Hudson-Odoi, Conor Gallagher and Marc Guehi all featured in England Under-21s’ convincing victory away to Kosovo on Friday.
Gallagher and Guehi, who were together on loan at Swansea in the second half of last season (Guehi has returned to South Wales for 2020/21) both started the 6-0 win, a victory which has the Young Lions in a comfortable position at the top of their qualification group for the European UI21 Championships.
Hudson-Odoi began on the bench but was introduced just after England had scored their third goal, all the strikes up to that point by Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah.
Despite being on top in the first half, Aidy Boothroyd’s team went in at half-time goalless but three goals in 10 minutes near the start of the second half, the third from a penalty awarded for a foul on Gallager, killed the home side’s hopes.
Three substitutes completed the scoring - another Arsenal player Reiss Nelson making it 4-0, followed by goals from Tottenham’s Ryan Sessegnon and new Borussia Dortmund signing Jude Bellingham.
Gallagher (pictured top), who played 71 minutes, had the first proper effort of the game but saw his goal-bound shot saved and he had the first shot of the second half too. He was tripped for the spot-kick that made it 3-0.
Guehi played the full game with Hudson-Odoi introduced on 62 minutes. Reece James withdrew from the squad this week due to injury.
England U21s have maximum points from five games and have played a game less than closest rivals Austria who are three points behind. The two teams meet in Austria on Tuesday.
At senior international level on Friday, Jorginho remained on the bench for Italy’s opening Nations League match at home to Bosnia and Heregovina, a 1-1 draw.
Armando Broja, who has been called into the senior Albania squad for the first time, was not involved in their 2-0 win in Belarus.