At any level, England vs Germany is a fixture to savour. And at a tender age, Royals attacker Jack Nolan already has the experience of netting a winner in an international fixture against the old rivals!
The youngster came off the bench to tap in a winner for the Young Lions’ Under-17 squad against their continental counterparts at the New York Stadium.
Goalless at the break, England went ahead for the first time just after the hour-mark when Man City’s Bobby Duncan slalomed through some challenges before slotting in.
Germany levelled through Fabrice Hartmann, who followed in on the rebound after his initial effort was well saved, but up stepped Nolan to notch the winner!
Mason Greenwood showed persistence to win the ball high upfield, allowing him to cut back from the byline to find Nolan alive and ready in the centre to tap in a winner in the Young Lions’ friendly fixture!
Nolan had played the 90 minutes three days prior when the Young Lions had overcome Russia in another friendly fixture at the Pirelli Stadium in Burton.
Jordan Holsgrove was also involved for Scotland at Under-19 level in three games – he helped his nation to the Elite Round of the 2018 UEFA Under-19 European Championships qualifiers. Beating Luxembourg in their opener, they were held 3-3 in the next fixture before losing 1-0 to a late goal by Czech Republic – but that was still enough for them to qualify as group runners-up for the next stage.
And Axel Andresson played twice for Iceland Under-21s in their qualifiers for the 2019 U21 Euros – after falling to a 1-0 defeat to Spain, with Betis forward Fabian Ruiz netting the only goal, they had to battle back to get the points against Estonia.
The Estonians had just one point before their meeting, but led 2-0 in the second half – the Icelanders rallied late to overturn the game and prospered 3-2, keeping their qualification hopes alive and well!
Anssi Jaakkola and Paul McShane were both unused subs for their nations during the break – goalie Jaakkola watched on as Finland defeated Estonia 3-0 in a friendly, while Paul McShane’s Ireland were defeated over two legs to see their World Cup hopes dashed by Denmark, who were 5-1 winners in the Dublin meeting after a goalless first leg in Copenhagen.
Last but not least, Chris Gunter racked up his 84th and 85th caps for Wales in the break – matching up with Gary Speed’s outfield caps record for the Dragons, and captaining the side in the latter. The first fixture was a 2-0 defeat to France, and the latter a 1-1 draw with Panama. Fellow Royal Dave Edwards was also named in the starting XI in the latter match, playing over an hour.