Nottingham Forest’s Arvin Appiah watches on as England Under-17s concede penalty after just 13 SECONDS against Russia


It was a watching brief for Nottingham Forest youngster Arvin Appiah as England Under-17s overcame a nightmare start to beat Russia, 2-1.

Despite an impressive performance for the Young Lions as they beat Portugal on Wednesday night, the Reds teenager started on the bench for the match at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium.

And he ended up as an unused substitute as England made it two wins from two in their mini friendly tournament.

Steve Cooper’s team fell behind with barely two minutes on the clock as a penalty was awarded against them inside just 13 seconds.

Ethan Laird brought down Ilia Vorotnikov, and Maksim Kutovol sent Arthur Okwonko the wrong way to give Russia the lead.

England’s Arvin Appiah in action against Portugal

The goalscorer forced a good save out of Okwonko almost immediately after, before England began to create a few chances of their own.

And the hosts were given a boost when their opponents were reduced to 10 men with 35 minutes gone; Dmitry Markitesov being sent off following an incident with Louie Sibley off the ball.

The Young Lions could not make their numerical advantage count before the break, but they were soon back on level terms after the restart. Clinton Mola reacted quickest to a loose ball and smashed it home to make it 1-1 in the 49 minute.

It was then quickly 2-1 to the home side as Manchester United’s Marcus Greenwood created a bit of space and drove in a low effort just before the hour mark.

Russia pressed for an equaliser, but England saw out the victory. Appiah will hope to get some more minutes under his belt when the team conclude their international action against Germany at Rotherham United on Monday.

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