Mason Bennett was touted as the star man as he scored the third goal for the England under-19 side disposed of Hungary in a friendly match.
The powerful young striker has been widely tipped to become a future England international and his recent form in the Three Lions shirt won’t have gone unnoticed.
The 17-year-old was ever present as he terrified a defence that couldn’t handle his pace, power or movement.
In the first half, he got his first clear cut chance as Barnsley midfielder Paul Digby looped a pass to Bennett on the right hand side, the Derby County striker exquisitely integrated his first touch into allowing him to beat his man in one motion, he had the Hungary defence scrambling but could only see his left-foot shot go wide of the post.
The domineering presence of the striker came to light when he finally got his goal, having started the move himself.
Bennett showed his power by winning possession in the middle of the pitch and picking out Norwich City’s Josh Murphy on the left hand side. He quickly drove into the box, found himself some space, received the ball from Murphy and calmly slotted the ball past Hungary goalkeeper Alex Hrabina, to put England 3-0 up.
The 17-year-old is a record breaker at Derby and was playing first-team football in the Championship well before he got his GCSE’s.
The interest in such a talent is always going to be expected, an unnatural athlete for his age, coupled together with an incredible amount of potential to go to the very top of the game.
He has put the top clubs on high alert, Derby will no doubt look to keep their young assets, having already fended off interest in Hughes, however I would imagine there will be a similar crowd around Bennett very soon.
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