Six starlets feature across Europe on busy night for Manchester United players

by Tracey Germaine

James Wilson and Ben Pearson were both in action for England’s Under-19s.

Wilson started as one of the three strikers up front as part of an attacking line-up for England in their crunch match. He combined with Akpom and Bennett in the opening seconds, passing to Akpom who squared it to Bennett but the shot was blocked.

Wilson also had an effort that hit the woodwork and was heavily involved in England’s only goal.

On 34 minutes, Wilson broke down the right and cut inside but his shot was saved by the keeper, allowing Bennett to tap in the rebound.

When Akpom was substituted, Wilson took up the central striking position.

After he played two full games prior to thi with the Under-19s, Pearson came on in the 79th minute to help see out the game.

Saidy Janko, Manchester United’s still unseen new signing, started for Switzerland’s Under-19s against England.

Janko started on the right wing but was forced to switch into the fullback position after 12 minutes when his captain suffered a concussion.

Switzerland were unable to come back after England took the lead and lost 1-0.

Tom Lawrence played the full 90 minutes for Wales Under-21s against San Marino. Wales had suffered a shock defeat in the reverse fixture.

He provided an attacking threat with several attempts that went slightly wide. His best chance came just after the break when he forced his way into the box but his shot hit the side-netting. The game ended 4-0 and while Wales’ chances of qualification look remote, the result will give them some confidence.

Marnick Vermijl started for Belgium’s Under-21s as they took on Italy, who took an early lead. Vermijl had an attempt to equalise on 35 minutes after he burst forward from defence but his attempt was saved by the Italian goalkeeper. He was booked in the second half after he fouled Belotti. Belgium were unable to get the equaliser and the game finished 1-0.

Patrick McNair played for Northern Ireland’s Under-19s in their qualifier against Iceland. They lost the match 1-0 that leaves them bottom of their group with only one point.

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