Young International Whites

Tuesday 29 October 2013 13:00

Patrick Roberts continued his goalscoring form as England Under-17s won their European Championship First Qualifying Round Group at an absolute canter.

Following the 4-0 win over Armenia in their opening game, England U17s emphatically defeated Gibraltar 8-0 on Saturday, with Roberts coming on as a 53rd-minute substitute.

By that point, the Young Lions were already well in the ascendency as goals from Adam Armstrong (2), Seyi Ojo, Dominic Solanke, Tom Brewitt and Isaiah Brown had given them an unassailable lead.

Roberts then made it seven when he controlled a throughball on his chest and calmly placed a shot beyond the goalkeeper, before Solanke grabbed his second to conclude a fine afternoon’s work by the teenagers.

And because Republic of Ireland had defeated Armenia 2-0 on the same day – with Shane Elworthy playing the full 80 minutes – it meant Tuesday’s clash between the sides would decide who topped the group, although both nations had already sealed their passage to the Elite Round of qualifying.

As it transpired, England were comfortable in their victory, with Roberts again influential as he was included from the off, as was Elworthy, and both players saw a full game of action.

Brown got the rout under way after 18 minutes, before good play from Roberts eventually saw the ball worked to Armstrong who made it 2-0 on 36, with the striker nabbing his second and England’s third shortly after the restart.

Brown joined Armstrong on a brace in the 52nd minute having collected and finished from Jordan Rossiter’s fine throughball, before Roberts got in on the act moments later to grab his third goal in as many games.

Fulham’s bag of tricks winger was then felled in the penalty area in stoppage time, with captain Ryan Ledson stepping up to convert the spot-kick and condemn Ireland to a 6-0 beating.