Matt Cox made his England Under-20 debut last night as The Young Lions thumped their Czech counterparts 5-0 in Teplice.
Our young goalkeeper came off the bench for the final 10 minutes as Andy Edwards’ side recorded a convincing win on the road. There was only one goal in the opening 45 minutes, that coming from Arsenal’s Miguel Azeez, but it was a totally different story after the break at Na Stínadlech.
Jay Stansfield doubled The Young Lions advantage at the start of the half with Tino Anjorin, Morgan Rogers, and James Hill getting on the scoresheet in the final 20 minutes. Matt did his bit to preserve England’s clean sheet with a fine late save from Marek Icha’s header.
Val Adedokun started and earned his second cap for Ireland’s Under-19s as they finished their week in Marbella with a 1-1 draw against Sweden.
The 18-year-old made his debut off the bench for Tom Mohan’s side in a 2-2 draw between the two on Friday and came into the starting line-up on Monday afternoon. Jusef Erabi put The Swedes ahead midway through the first-half but Ireland levelled almost instantly thanks to Aidomo Emakhu.
Val was withdrawn with six minutes to play as Ireland completed their preparations for next month’s Under-19 European Championships Qualifying Round. The Boys in Green will travel to Bulgaria to play the host nation, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro on the first step towards next summer’s finals in Slovakia.