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Published 21 September 2022 4 min read
Men's U18

Late winner seals victory for MU18s over Netherlands

Written by:

Nicholas Veevers

Leo Castledine's late strike seals victory for the Young Lions in Pinatar
England men’s under-18s got their season off to a winning start, thanks to a late winner over the Netherlands in Pinatar on Wednesday afternoon.

It did look as though England would have to settle for a draw and a penalty shootout to decide the outcome after a fiercely contested game in Spain.

But with the game in second-half stoppage time, the Young Lions sealed victory thanks to Leo Castledine’s strike.

The nations met at the Pinatar Arena and there was no shortage of positive play and intent from both teams with England certainly ending the game the stronger of the two in search of a winner.

And when Jacob Wright was played in down the right by his Manchester City teammate Joel Ndala, his perfect centre picked out substitute Castledine, who turned home with a measured finish after ghosting into space in the area.

Neil Ryan’s Young Lions will be back in action again when they face the Faroe Islands on Friday afternoon (1.30pm BST)

England MU18s: 1 Luca Gunter (Tottenham Hotspur), 2 Jacob Wright (Manchester City), 3 Lino Sousa (Arsenal), 4 Kobbie Mainoo (Manchester United), 5 Tyler Fredricson (Manchester United), 6 Josh Feeney (Aston Villa) (c), 7 Amario Cozier-Duberry (Arsenal), 8 Nico O’Reilly (Manchester City), 9 Jamie Donley (Tottenham Hotspur), 10 Jobe Bellingham (Birmingham City), 11 Bobby Clark (Liverpool)

Substitutes: 14 William Alves (Leicester City) for Clark 59, 18 Leo Castledine (Chelsea) for O'Reilly 59, 17 Joel Ndala (Manchester City) for Cozier-Duberry 59, 20 Dominic Ballard (Southampton) for Donley 70, 21 Kane Taylor (Manchester City) for Bellingham 80

Substitutes not used: 12 Alfie Dorrington (Tottenham Hotspur), 13 True Grant (Manchester City), 15 Harry Whitwell, 16 Samuel Rak-Sakyi (Chelsea), 19 Max Alleyne (Manchester City), 22 Tommy Reid (Brighton & Hove Albion), 23 Sai Sachdev (Sheffield United) 

Goals: Leo Castledine 90

Head coach: Neil Ryan