Liverpool and Manchester United prospects star as England u21s win 9-0

Goals from Manchester United, Liverpool, Burnley, Southampton, Blackpool. Arsenal and Derby County stars see England romp to victory.

England under-21s showed their Premier League class in a incredibly comfortable 9-0 win over international minnows San Marino, recording their biggest ever win.

The outcome of the match was never in question, as it became a question of how many. 

Manchester United defender Michael Keane got the opening goal for the England for the second time in a week as he continues to add to his growing reputation. The defender managed to get his head on the ball, and despite not being the strongest of connections forced the ball into the bottom corner. 

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling put a pretty torrid game against Finland well and truly behind him and netted twice, his first goal was a well worked move into the box and had to take two shots to eventually put the ball in the net. The second goal was an instinctive flick over the goalkeeper, with very little time it was a well converted chance.

Burnley striker Danny Ings netted his first two goals for England under-21s. The first goal was a well taken header, after being plated by a superb cross, and the second was controversial as both Jenkinson and Ings both had the right to claim, but the Burnley striker was credited with the goal in the end.

James Ward-Prowse also added to his growing reputation as he hit a sweetly struck free-kick leaving the San Marino goalkeeper no chance. The player continues to be likened to former England captain David Beckham and with the quality he has, you can see why. 

Tom Ince found himself on the scoresheet once against for England under-21s after hitting the net from close range, and in the second half, man of the match Carl Jenkinson scored a well worked goal as he continued to cause problems down the right hand side of the pitch. 

The best goal was probably saved until last as Derby County's Will Hughes used his incredible foot speed in tight spaces to slip through three players and curl the ball into the far right hand corner. The talented midfielder was tasked with the role of defensive midfielder and deserved his goal for all his hard work in dictating England's play. 

England were very strong in every position, and looked from the first to last minute just to have too much for a incredibly our of their depth San Marino side.

image: © kong niffe

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