Danny Loader and his England Under-17 teammates made the ideal start to their Under-17 World Cup campaign, as they ran out 4-0 winners on the opening day against Chile at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.
Royals forward Loader was an onlooker from the bench in the tournament opener, but his teammates made light work of their South American counterparts.
Indeed only five minutes had passed before the Young Lions had their first goal, as Callum Hudson-Odoi received from Jadon Sancho before curling beyond the dive of Chilean stopper Julio Borquez.
Opportunities for both sides went begging before the break – but England began to turn the screw and made it count after the restart.
Sancho, signed in the summer by Borussia Dortmund from Man City, struck twice before the hour-mark – the first a tap-in after the goalkeeper could only poke a cross to him feet, and the second a well-taken finish after George McEachran had danced through the defence.
And when Rhian Brewster was taken out by goalkeeper Borquez outside the area with a reckless challenge, the stopper received his marching orders… with all subs made, that meant outfield player Blanco Provoste stepped in between the sticks.
His first task was picking the ball out of the net, as Manchester United striker Angel Gomes beat the wall and the stand-in goalie for the fourth and final goal of the game.
England’s next outing comes on Wednesday against Mexico, before the final group game before the knock-out stages next Saturday against Iraq.