WRITTEN BY SEAN COOK
England manager Roy Hodgson watched his temporary position as England Under-21 coach get off to a flyer as his side smashed an impressive six goals past an unfortunate Scottish Under-21 side at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane last night.
The 66 year-old Englishman took control of the youthful Lions side after his predecessor Stuart Pearce left the post a matter of weeks ago after a poor summer campaign in the European Under-21 championships. After the side were expected to accomplish so very much in the tournament – having had a side full of Premier League starters – Pearce left after almost 6 years in charge.
The game got off to a vibrant start as Norwich youngster Nathan Redmond struck a goal on the third minute to gift England the lead on a night where he impressed spectators and members of the online sport communities. The second came from Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling just before the interval – a player whom appeared frequently for Liverpool towards the beginning of the 2012/2013 season.
Tottenham keeper Jordan Archer was unfortunate with England’s third goal as a mistake from the young Scotsman allowed Sunderland’s Connor Wickham to lob the North London Under-21 player. Ross Barkley of Everton managed to place his name on the score-sheet as he struck a powerful effort past the goalkeeper whom was on the tail end of what soon became a night to forgot. Former Liverpool midfielder and now Swansea man Jonjo Shelvey fired a fantastic long range shot past the keeper to only add to his misery until Tottenham’s Tom Carroll netted what was to be the final goal in an appalling night for the young Scottish countrymen.
This game provided quite a view for people watching. It was full of prospective England first team stars and displayed that with control from an influence such as Roy Hodgson, they could perform to a high standard. Tottenham’s Tom Carroll provided a good display on his first game for the English and held the midfield together well with Scotland posing little threat to the home side. Temporary boss Hodgson told the BBC: “A lot of those players would certainly not be out of place in the senior team,” showing how truly magnificent the youth side were.
Former Liverpool boss Hodgson take’s charge of the senior England team tonight at Wembley whom face the Scottish first team in an older version of yesterday’s game.