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International Round-Up

9 October 2017

A number of Reds players represented their respective nations during the international break.

Both Ike Ugbo and Harvey Barnes were in action for England’s Under 20 team last week against Italy. The former scored whilst the latter came on as a substitute in a 5-1 thrashing of their Italian counterparts in Gorgonzola on Thursday.

Led by Keith Downing, the Young Lions took an early lead thanks to a header by Isaac Buckley-Ricketts. The Azzurrini struck back quickly with 15 minutes on the clock.

But England weren’t to be denied as first, Marcus Edwards struck before a second from Buckley-Ricketts gave the youngsters a two-goal cushion before half time.

Captain, Easah Suliman made it 4-1 on the counter attack in the second half, before Reds striker Ugbo tucked home a penalty after the hour mark to seal a sizeable victory away from home.

Barnes replaced goal-scorer Edwards on 78 minutes as Downing’s men saw out the victory.

The Young Lions are back in action tomorrow afternoon as the Czech Republic visit St George’s Park.

Wales gained a priceless three points in their latest World Cup qualifier, seeing off Georgia in Tblisi 1-0 thanks to a stunning strike by Derby County’s Tom Lawrence early in the second half.

Reds hotshot, Tom Bradshaw was an unused substitute for the Welsh as was our wing wizard, Ryan Hedges.

Chris Coleman’s team now head back home to Cardiff tonight where they face Ireland in what is probably the biggest ever game between the two nations.

Serbia are a point clear at the top of the group after they lost in the last minute against Austria, but will qualify automatically if they beat Georgia.

However, if they lose, the winners of the Wales-Ireland match will qualify, while even a draw could send Wales through on goal difference.

It promises to be a cracking night in the Welsh capital and we wish them well, especially Tom and Ryan!

Reds midfielder Stevie Mallan played the full 90 minutes for Scotland’s U21’s last Friday night who were comfortably beaten by their English counterparts in a Euro Qualifier at the Riverside Stadium.

Goals from Josh Onomah, Tammy Abraham and Dominic Solanke saw the English to a 3-1 win.

Stevie and the Scots U21’s will be back in action tomorrow as they go to Latvia in their latest qualifier.


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