Southampton and Spurs young stars shine as England beat Holland in Algarve

Southampton winger Josh Sims took the plaudits for a dream debut after both scoring and creating goals in England's 2-0 win over the Netherlands. Tottenham Hotspur starlet Joshua Onomah also found the net.

England under-17's opening game of the 2014 Algarve International Tournament began with a tightly contested affair against a highly-rated Netherlands team.

The sunshine definitely played a huge part in the opening 15-minutes as both sides struggled to get a foothold in the game and add any real tempo.

Energetic attacking-midfielder Joshua Onomah was gifted the first opportunity of the match, when Dutch centre-back Keziah Veendorp was caught in possession. However, the Spurs midfielder couldn't make his mistake count and blasted the ball over when he got through on goal.

It wasn't until Southampton winger Josh Sims was able to get his foot on ball a bit more that England looked dangerous.

Highly-rated Sims is fast becoming renowned as the next generation for Southampton as their pool of extraordinary young talent seems to be bearing more fruit. And it was his contribution that got the game's first goal and put England 1-0 up.

He raced onto the end of a through ball and unable to catch him, the Dutch defence could only watch in awe as the young winger curled the ball past their keeper to grab his debut goal.

Holland were the stronger side in the second half, playing at a frightening speed and causing England all sorts of problems, but the young lions' resolve proved too great for the Dutch side and going into the last 15-minutes, it was England that grabbed a second goal.

It was once again Sims that proved to be the danger man after showing great awareness to get onto the end of a weak back pass and pick out Tottenham youngster Joshua Onomah to kill the game off and see England win comfortably.

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