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Published 22 March 2023 4 min read
Men's U18

Report: Croatia 1-2 England MU18s

Written by:

Leanne Hides

Jobe Bellingham and Joel Ndala on the scoresheet for the Young Lions

England men’s under-18s came from behind to beat hosts Croatia 2-1 on Wednesday afternoon.

Neither side had found a breakthrough in the opening period before a manic spell saw three goals in as many minutes.

Croatia took the lead on 67 minutes before Leo Castledine set up substitute Jobe Bellingham for the equaliser moments later.

And an incredible period was rounded off when fellow replacement Joel Ndala scored the winner on 69 minutes.

Next up for England MU18s is Belgium on Friday (12pm KO local) before the trip is concluded against Switzerland on Monday 27 March.

England: 1 True Grant (Manchester City), 2 George Abbott (Tottenham Hotspur), 3 Calum Scanlon (Liverpool), 4 Jacob Wright (Manchester City), 5 Jahmai Simpson-Pusey (Manchester City), 6 Max Alleyne (Manchester City), 7 Romain Esse (Millwall), 8 David Ozoh (Crystal Palace), 9 Sonny Finch (Middlesbrough), 10 Nico O’Reilly (Manchester City), 11 Bobby Clark (Liverpool)

Substitutes: 12 Josh Feeney (Aston Villa) for Abbott 61, 14 Leo Castledine (Chelsea) for Scanlon 61, 15 James Debayo (Leeds United) for Wright 61, 16 Jack Hinshelwood (Brighton & Hove Albion) for Simpson-Pusey 61, 17 Joel Ndala (Manchester City) for Alleyne 61, 18 Jobe Bellingham (Birmingham City) for Esse 61, 19 Kamari Doyle (Southampton) for Ozoh 61, 20 Oliver Scarles (West Ham United) for Finch 61, 21 Lino Sousa (Arsenal) for O’Reilly 61, 23 Jayden Barber (Aston Villa) for Clark 61

Substitutes not used: 13 Luca Gunter (Tottenham Hotspur), 22 Ben Cisse (West Bromwich Albion)

Head coach: Neil Ryan

Goals: Jobe Bellingham 68, Joel Ndala 69