Tayo Edun played a major role in England Under-17s’ 1-1 draw with the Netherlands in the European Championship on Sunday.
Having been an unused substitute in their opening game – a 1-0 win over Italy – Edun was selected from the off against the Dutch, and took up a position on the left of a midfield diamond.
The Young Lions took the lead with just 18 minutes played when Edun received a pass and advanced before firing in a low cross that Manchester United defender and Netherlands captain Timothy Fosu-Mensah could only divert into his own net.
But the Dutch earned a point after Reda Boultam converted from the penalty spot on 56 minutes, although it was perhaps a harsh award considering the contact from Trent Arnold on Dani De Wit appeared to be minimal.
The draw keeps England at the top of Group A, and a draw against the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday would ensure progression to the Quarter-Finals.
Speaking to thefa.com, Edun said: “It would have been good to know that we had qualified from the group stage after only two games played, and I think we did deserve the win against Holland.
“It was hard work from all the boys, we put in a lot of effort, but we are still in a good place and top of the group. We have to finish the job now by beating Ireland and we are a confident we can do that.
“It’s all positive in the squad, we want to go and get a win on Wednesday and guarantee top spot. We don’t want to rely on any other people, and we want to remain unbeaten. We want other teams to know we topped the group.”