James Wilson and Ben Pearson both made their third consecutive starts for England’s Under-19s today as they took on Slovenia in a 2015 European Championship qualifier.
Going into the game, Wilson was in fine form but it was a tough match for him as he was isolated with not many chances being created up front.
However he had good movement and tried to create space particularly in the first half. Just before half time when Wilson dispossessed Jazbec, who then hauled him down when it looked like Wilson would be through on goal.
He was much quieter in the second half and was substituted in the 76th minute.
Pearson played the full match in his typical style, being integral both in defence and supporting the attack. He was composed on the ball and always offered his team mates a safe outlet, even when covered by players.
Saidy Janko, Manchester United’s last signing in the summer transfer window, was also in action as Switzerland’s Under-19s comfortably beat Andorra 4-0.
The versatile player is a full-back by nature but was placed out on the right-wing against Andorra. He didn’t manage to get on the score sheet and was booked before being taken off just after the 70th minute mark.
He is yet to feature for United’s academy but Nicky Butt admitted he was very excited to see if Janko can fulfill his potential when his national clearance is sorted out.
Pierluigi Gollini kept a clean sheet in Italy’s 5-0 demolition of Liechenstein’s Under-19s and was named captain for the day which will be a great confidence boost for the promising young goalkeeper.
Patrick McNair is also in action tonight and starts for Northern Ireland’s U19s against Belgium.
England player reports courtesy of @GirlOnUtd