Nottingham Forest duo Worrall and Dowell play their part as England Under-21s beat Ukraine


Nottingham Forest duo Joe Worrall and Kieran Dowell both played their part as England Under-21s secured a 2-0 victory over Ukraine in Kiev.

The pair were both included in the starting line-up for the European Under-21 Championships qualifier – and Dowell weighed in with an assist for the Young Lions’ opening goal.

The on-loan Everton midfielder played 57 minutes of the match, while his Reds team-mate completed the full 90 at the Obolon Stadium.

After an even first 15 minutes, Aidy Boothroyd’s side broke the deadlock when Dowell played in Dominic Solanke. The Liverpool youngster provided an emphatic finish from 18 yards to put the visitors 1-0 up.

Demari Gray then fired narrowly wide for England, while Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko went close for Ukraine.

Solanke’s goal was all that separated the two sides at the break, but it was almost 1-1 soon after the restart. It took a vital intervention from goalkeeper Angus Gunn to stop Artem Besedin from close range.

Kieran Dowell on the ball in training for England Under-21s as Joe Worrall looks on

Just past the hour, though, England doubled their lead.

Under-20 World Cup-winning captain Lewis Cook went on a fine run before playing in Solanke, who passed to Gray and his cross was diverted into the net by Pavlo Lukyanchuk for an own goal.

The Young Lions had chances to extend their lead as Gray sent a shot wide and a free-kick from substitute James Maddison caused problems.

But the 2-0 win saw Boothroyd’s men maintain their unbeaten start to the qualifying campaign, leaving them top of Group 4 going into the new year.

They are due to return to the UK to spend time training together on home soil during this international break and then are next in action when they face the return match against Ukraine in March.

England: 1 Angus Gunn (Norwich City, loan from Manchester City); 2 Jonjoe Kenny (Everton), 5 Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest), 6 Fikayo Tomori (Hull City, loan from Chelsea), 3 Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham Hotspur); 4 Lewis Cook (AFC Bournemouth) ( c), 8 Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal), 10 Kieran Dowell (Nottingham Forest, loan from Everton); 7 Demarai Gray (Leicester City), 9 Dominic Solanke (Liverpool), 11 Ademola Lookman (Everton)

Substitutes: 14 Axel Tuanzebe (Manchester United) for Maitland-Niles 56, 16 Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) for Dowell 57, 19 James Maddison (Norwich City) for Solanke 79

Substitutes not used : 12 Jake Clarke-Salter (Chelsea), 13 Freddie Woodman (Newcastle United), 15 Sam Field (West Bromwich Albion), 17 Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)



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