Trio of young Blues on target in internationals
- 05 March 2014 23:56
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
John Guidetti, Devante Cole and Olivier Ntcham were all on target for their countries as a host of young Blues took part in the latest round of international fixtures.
Guidetti, who is currently on loan to Stoke, scored the winner for Sweden u21s in their 2015 European Championship qualifier against Malta. The striker earned a start for his country and played all 90 minutes as they strive to book their place at next summer’s finals.
EDS forward Devante Cole found the net on his debut for England u19s, scoring the first goal in an emphatic 3-0 victory for the young Lions over Turkey in Chester. The 18-year-old, who has been in fine form for Patrick Vieira’s men, shone in an England shirt and deserved his goal for a fine all-round performance.
Teammate Shay Facey started alongside him and played all 90 minutes as part of the defence which kept a confidence-boosting clean sheet.
Meanwhile, midfielder Olivier Ntcham sealed an impressive 3-1 victory for France u18s over Germany, netting the third goal with 10 minutes left as part of a strong performance for Les Bleus.
Marcos Lopes turned out for Portugal u21s for the first time in their 2-0 victory over Macedonia. City’s promising youngster came on in the 68th minute for Bernardo Silva and will be hoping to win his first start for that age group in the coming months.
Jason Denayer made his debut for Belgium u21s, starting for the side after being called up from the u19 squad. Unfortunately, the young Belgians went down 3-0 to Serbia, but the experience will stand Jason in good stead as he looks to progress for club and country.
Ashley Smith Brown played all 180 minutes for England u18s in their two friendly fixtures with Croatia this week. The Young Lions were defeated 2-1 on both occasions, but the Manchester-born defender gave a good account of himself in both matches.
He was joined in the squad by winger Brandon Barker, who has been impressing for City u18s all season. Brandon started the first fixture, was involved in the goal and nearly set up another. He began the second game on the bench but came on after 59 minutes, although was unable to prevent a second defeat to the Croats.
Bradford-born midfielder Tom Holland chalked up 59 minutes for Ireland u17s as they triumphed 2-1 against Austria. He created a good chance with an excellent free kick early on, and will hope to see more action in Thursday’s game with the same opposition, with the European Elite qualifiers looming on the horizon.