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England's Young Lions Triumph at the Proact

24 March 2016

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The England under 17s tonight convincingly beat Turkey 3-1 at the Proact in their Under 17 European Championship qualifier.

An open start to the game saw chances for both sides, England captain Trevoh Chalobah stretched well to keep a Turkey shot out after a defensive mix-up, while Three Lions midfielder Ryan Sessegnon could have done better when heading a free header narrowly wide of the far post.

Deep in the half and England did take the lead when a flowing move saw the ball played in to Reiss Nelson ten yards from goal. He took a touch to stedy himself and finished clinically to give the hosts the half time lead.

Within a few minutes of the restart Jonathan Leko double the England advantage as he controlled well on the left side, rounded the Turkey 'keeper and finished coolly with men back on the goal line.

Two was soon three when Sessegnon was sent tumbling in the box by 'keeper Ozturk Emre and Nelson confidently stepped-up to blast his low spot kick home.

Right-back Dujon Sterling came close to a fourth when he cut in from his wing, rounded men and then with just the 'keeper to beat fired well over the bar from eight yards.

A goalkeeping error got Turkey on the board late on as after some poor control Furkan Korkut was able to nip in and roll home to narrow the gap back to two goals.

England were easily able to keep the comeback to that one goal and win the qualifier in North Derbyshire.

England U17s: Parkes (gk), Sterling, Brown, McGuane, Chalobah (c), Tanganga, Dozzell, Leko, Mount, Nelson, Sessegnon

Subs: Adeniran, Bola (gk), Cumming, Francis, Morris, Taylor-Crossdale, Shashoua

Turkey U17s: Emre (gk), Oner, Korkut, Yemisci, Kilic, Guctekin, Canbirdi, Engin, Guclu, Omur (c), Yalcin

Subs not in used: Dadakdeniz, Demir, Muldur, Keskin, Kasap, Sevinc, Kapacak


England: Nelson 38', 47' (pen), Leko 43'

Turkey: Korkut 79'

Attendance: 2,749

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