Our young players away with their nations were in the thick of the international action last night as Under-21 European Championship Qualifiers took place across the continent.
At Molineux, Josh Dasilva started for England as they secured the three points needed against Halil Dervişoğlu's Turkey to book a spot in next summer's finals. Josh was earning his third cap after scoring and registering an assist in the 3-3 draw against Andorra last Wednesday while for Halil it was cap number nine at Under-21 level. Hüseyin Türkmen's 18th-minute own-goal gave England the early advantage which they doubled through Eddie Nketiah in the dying minutes. Halil, who had earlier won but then missed a penalty, then halved the deficit in injury-time with his fourth goal at Under-21 level. The result means Aidy Boothroyd's side go through with two games to spare while Turkey's qualifying hopes are now over.
It was a similar story at the Nordjyske Arena as Marcus Forss netted against Mads Bech Sorensen but it was Mads left celebrating qualification at the end of the night. Mads and Denmark went into their game against Marcus and Jaakko Oksanen's Finland needed a win to qualify and that's what they got thanks to Victor Jensen's double. That brace came either side of Marcus' second Under-21 goal, this one coming from the penalty spot after 51 minutes. All three Bees started with Mads and Marcus enjoying their fifth outing at Under-21 level while Jaakko made his 11th appearance.
Elsewhere, Patrik Gunnarsson watched on as Iceland kept up the pressure at the top of Group A with a 2-0 win in Luxembourg. The decisive goals at the Stade Émile Mayrisch came in a two-minute first-half spell; Ísak Óli Ólafsson got the opener with Sveinn Aron Guðjohnsen also on target shortly after. A point now separates the four sides chasing two qualifying places in Group A ahead of the final run of matches.
At Under-20 level, Paris Maghoma and England came out on top against Joe Adams and Wales at St George's Park. Lee Carsley's side opened the deadlock after 33 minutes through Aston Villa's Jacob Ramsey and added a second three minutes later, Xavier Amaechi of Hamburg the man on target. The appearances were Paris and Joe's first at Under-20 level, having been regulars for their nations at younger age groups.