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How EPL youngsters helped 10-man England under-21 team to victory today

Match Review

England's under-21 team labored to a narrow victory with 10 men against Andorra in the third match of their EURO Under-21 qualification campaign on Monday evening. The English youngsters were all over their opponents from the blast of the referee's whistle and spent most of the match trying to break down the resolute defence setup by the hosts. Their job became even more difficult in the second half when former Liverpool forward, Rhian Brewster got sent off for a second bookable offense.

England remained dominant even with a man less and got rewarded for their efforts thanks to a goal midway through the second period from Arsenal playmaker, Emile Smith Rowe. The goal came in the 67th minute after a clearance from a corner kick led to a swift counter attack led by Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones who released Smith Rowe, and the Arsenal number 10 was calm enough to finish past the on rushing keeper.

Players who impressed

The England under-21 squad is made up of a core of youngsters who ply their trade in the English Premier League and head coach, Lee Carsley named a strong starting lineup for this match.

The starting lineup included six EPL youngsters including Tino Livramento (Southampton), Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal), Marc Guehi and Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace), Cole Palmer (Manchester City) and Luke Thomas (Leicester City). Curtis Jones (Liverpool) and Folarin Balogun (Arsenal) both made appearances off the bench the former made a huge impact by providing the assist.

That victory now takes England's tally to 7 points from three matches and they now sit in third position in group G behind Albania and Czech Republic (both on 9 points).

Photo credits: Flash Score & England national team.

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