Calvert-Lewin Scores As England Under-21s Are Held By Poland
Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored an early goal and Jonjoe Kenny was named captain as five Everton players featured in England Under-21s’ 1-1 friendly draw with Poland.
Ademola Lookman and Kieran Dowell also started the match for Aidy Boothroyd’s side, while Tom Davies was introduced as a second-half substitute.
The Young Lions made a bright start at Bristol City’s Ashton Gate and Calvert-Lewin had already seen an effort kept out by Liverpool goalkeeper Kamil Grabara when he capitalised on good work from winger Reiss Nelson to side-foot his country in front on 13 minutes.
England remained in the ascendancy for much of the first half and skipper Kenny almost doubled his side’s lead when forcing a fine stop from Grabara with a well-struck drive from the edge of the box.
However, the hosts were pegged back on 34 minutes when Lookman was harshly adjudged to have fouled Bartosz Kapustka 30 yards from goal and Legia Warsaw’s Sebastian Szymanski brilliantly swung the ball into Angus Gunn’s top left corner from the resulting free-kick.
Calvert-Lewin and Lookman were the first Everton players to be withdrawn on 72 minutes, shortly before Davies replaced Manchester City’s Phil Foden. Dowell then made way for Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury on 80 minutes, with only Kenny being given the full 90 minutes.
England Under-21s are in action again next Tuesday when they take on Germany at Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium. The two fixtures will serve as preparation for this summer's European Under-21 Championships in Italy.
Meanwhile, Everton attacker Nikola Vlasic, currently on loan at CSKA Moscow, played the final 17 minutes as Croatia defeated Azerbaijan 2-1 in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier in Zagreb.
Lucas Digne is already back at Finch Farm hoping that his thigh injury will not keep him out of our trip to West Ham, and another Toffees ace is about to come home from international duty injured, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The next crocked ace to rock up on Merseyside is expected to be the perennial treatment room regular Yerry Mina, after he suffered an apparent hamstring strain against South Korea on Tuesday.
Mina picked up the supposed strain as he attempted to clear the ball from the edge of Colombia’s box, but failed to make contact with it on the turn and instead went down clutching his left hamstring.
Post by Everton News. on May 17, 2019 17:20:41 GMT
Everton forward Richarlison is included in the 23-man Brazil squad which will bid to win its home Copa America when the competition kicks off next month.
The 22-year-old, Everton's Young Player of the Season, was summoned for his international debut six weeks after transferring to Goodison Park from Watford last summer.
Richarlison scored twice on his first start for Brazil back in September – a 5-0 victory over El Salvador – and has established himself as a key figure in manager Tite's plans.
The attacker, who scored 13 Premier League goals in 2018-19, has accumulated eight caps and started his country's past three matches.
Brazil open their Copa America campaign against Bolivia in Sao Paulo on June 14. They play Venezuela in Salvador four days later and complete their group fixtures back in Sao Paulo against Peru on June 22.
The tournament reaches its climax with a final in capital Rio de Janeiro's iconic Maracana Stadium on July 7.
Brazil were last crowned South American champions in 2007, with Chile winning the two most recent editions in 2015 and 2016.