Emile Smith Rowe’s first objective in 9 months helped England Underneath-21s proceed their Euros countdown in model with a 4-0 thumping of France.
The Arsenal ahead’s second-half header ended his wait earlier than late targets from Noni Madueke, Curtis Jones and Jacob Ramsey wrapped up a complete victory.
It was Smith Rowe’s first begin – for membership or nation – since final June after an injury-ravaged season with Madueke additionally stealing the present with a starring efficiency off the bench.
Goalkeeper James Trafford needed to cease Manu Kone and Rayan Cherki within the first half however England quickly improved after the break on the King Energy Stadium to seize an announcement win.
They now play Croatia at Craven Cottage on Tuesday of their ultimate pleasant earlier than Euro 2023.
Boss Lee Carsley will use the sport to fantastic tune forward of the Euros, the place the Younger Lions face the Czech Republic, defending champions Germany and Israel in Georgia.
How England U21s thrashed France
Having crushed Germany and Italy in September there’s loads of room for optimism however England initially struggled towards the guests.
France had been slicker and smoother than their hosts however their ultimate ball routinely allow them to down.
The Younger Lions’ last-ditch makes an attempt to cease them discovering area labored till they wanted Trafford to disclaim Cherki after a neat interchange with Matthis Abline.
Smith Rowe and Harvey Elliott didn’t make an influence and Cameron Archer was bullied by Chelsea’s Benoit Badiashile and Mohamed Simakan.
The Aston Villa striker, on mortgage at Middlesbrough, did have a sniff when Djed Spence’s cross deflected and looped to the far put up however Lucas Chevalier smothered the hazard.
Trafford turned Kone’s vicious strike over simply earlier than the break because the Younger Lions contained, fairly than managed, the guests.
However after the restart England had been optimistic and bought their reward 5 minutes into the half.
Oliver Skipp seized on Badiashile’s free move and located skipper Morgan Gibbs-White. The midfielder was given an excessive amount of area and his fantastic cross picked out the unmarked Smith Rowe to move in from six yards.
From there England had been snug they usually added three targets to seal the win, with Madueke’s 24-minute cameo essential.
First, with 13 minutes left, substitutes Tommy Doyle, Madueke and Ramsey mixed to slide in Madueke and the Chelsea winger drilled low previous Chevalier.
Then simply two minutes later Madueke discovered area on the left and crossed low for Jones to clip in from shut vary.
Ramsey then added the gloss to the efficiency with 4 minutes left when Madueke’s intelligent ball allowed him to fireside in from 5 yards.