Reds’ Young England Players Excel
Tyler Morton scored on his full debut whilst Harvey Elliot bagged a brace as they brushed aside Northern Ireland U21s.
Everton’s Goodison Park hosted England vs Northern Ireland as the pair met in a Euros U21 qualification clash that finished 3-0 for the Young Lions.
Tyler Morton, Liverpool’s midfield talent currently on loan with Hull City, made his first start for England U21 in the fixture, having been a substitute for his debut in the 3-0 victory over Serbia last week
The 21-year-old opened the scoring for the Young Lions with a beautiful outside-the-box shot, opening his account for his national side.
As the second half began, Harvey Elliott, who has forced his way into regular first-team contention at Liverpool, produced a dominant performance scoring two goals in the 52nd and 80th minutes respectively.
The first goal came as Elliott was fouled by Terry Devlin, leading to a free kick which he took himself and struck into the back of the net.
Elliott’s second goal was a neat chip over Northern Irish keeper Josh Clarke just inside the box with just ten minutes left in the match.
Despite his man-of-the-match performance, Elliott was booed by the Goodison crowd due to his allegiances to the Reds but that didn’t stop England U21 manager and former Everton midfielder Lee Carsley from praising the young Liverpool player.
Carsley told Sky Sports: “It’s important he keeps scoring and assisting because he’s going to be that kind of player,
“His stats and data for us are very, very high in terms of his attacking actions around the box, the amount of chances he creates for other players but more importantly, his work rate and the way he presses the ball.”
Jarell Quansah, another Liverpool youngster, also started the fixture and has been widely praised on social media after keeping a clean sheet and playing an impressive 60-yard pass reminiscent of Liverpool teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold.
England have now won back-to-back matches following the defeat to Ukraine who currently top the group.
However, the victory leaves England just three points behind Ukraine as they chase down the automatic qualification spot.
The result marks Northern Ireland’s fourth defeat in their U21 Euro qualification campaign, leaving them bottom of the group and unlikely to qualify.