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Internationals: Loader captains England U18s; Andresson scores for Iceland

Several Royals represent their countries at youth level

5 September 2017

Credit: Jon Super for The FA/SilverHub

While there were plenty of important matches at senior level on the international stage this weekend, we also had Royal representation in the younger age groups!

There was a proud moment for young striker Danny Loader at the weekend, earning the England U18s captain's armband on his very first weekend away with the age group.

The young Royal was one of just four players to get all 90 minutes, with Loader getting the assist for England's goal as the Three Lions were edged out to a 2-1 defeat against South Africa in Staffordshire at the weekend. He also came on as a substitute in England's 0-0 draw against Brazil a few days earlier.

Goals from Lyle Foster and Tashreeq Matthews put South Africa 2-0 ahead, before Loader got past his man and found Manchester City's Phil Foden, who slotted home in added time to pull one back for England. 

Elsewhere, defender Axel Andresson scored the opening goal on the stroke for Iceland U21s in their U21 Euro 2019 qualifying campaign. 

However, it would be an unhappy start to proceedings in the tournament for Iceland as Albania's U21s came from behind to win the match 3-2. Andresson and his Iceland team-mates will have two more chances to get points on the board in qualifying, though, with meetings against Slovakia and the reverse fixture against Albania.

Also, Jordan Holsgrove went away for a friendly tournament in Serbia with Scotland U19s in the international break, playing three matches in the Stevan Volitic Memorial Tournament. 

The Scots got off to a bad start, losing 3-1 to the tournament hosts before dusting themselves off and earning a creditable result in an exciting 3-3 draw against Ukraine. In the final play-off for places in the six-nation tournament, the young Scottish internationals drew 2-2 with Montenegro, before unfortunately losing out 4-3 on penalties.

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