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Rico Henry makes England Under-20 debut

23 March 2017

Brentford defender plays full 90 minutes in 2-2 draw with Portugal

Rico Henry and England’s Under-20s were denied a win in their opening 'Four Nations Tournament' game against Portugal by a 90th minute Helder Ferreira goal at the Stade Chateau Bily in Saint Brieuc, Brittany this afternoon. The Young Lions led 2-0 at the break thanks to goals from Chelsea forward Dom Solanke and Manchester City’s Patrick Roberts. However, Francisco Ferreira halved the deficit before his namesake Helder equalised in the dying seconds.

Brentford left-back Henry was handed his England Under-20 debut in new Head Coach Paul Simpson’s first starting line-up as the Young Lions prepare for this summer’s FIFA Under-20 World Cup. Dom Solanke’s penalty gave England the lead midway through the first-half, the Chelsea man converting after Roberts had been fouled inside the box. The on-loan City forward then got his goal seven minutes before the break, cutting in from the left to unleash an unstoppable effort into the far corner from just inside the area.

Those goals looked set to give Simpson a winning start as Under-20 Head Coach but Portugal hit back as Francisco Ferreira was left unmarked to head home from a corner with 25 minutes to play. Newcastle United’s Freddie Woodman made a number of crucial saves to preserve The Young Lions’ advantage but he could do nothing in injury time as Helder Ferreira fired home from inside the box.

Simpson’s side will now play the hosts France on Saturday evening, this will be streamed live on the FFF website as well as French TV, and then pit their wits against Senegal on Tuesday afternoon as they continue their preparations for the World Cup in Korea Republic.

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