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Published 22 March 2023 4 min read
Men's U17

Report: England MU17s 3-1 Denmark

Written by:

Nicholas Veevers

Ryan Garry's Young Lions kick-off EURO qualifying group with a victory over the Danes

England MU17s got off to a winning start in their UEFA U17 EURO elite qualifying round group, after beating Denmark by 3-1 in Katwijk.

On a wet and windy evening at the home of Quick Boys FC, Ryan Garry’s team made no mistake in their opening game thanks to a first-half double from Arsenal’s Ethan Nwaneri and a second-half strike from Manchester City’s Justin Oboavwoduo.

The Young Lions started on the front foot with a high press and work rate and it paid dividends as they opened the scoring after just less than ten minutes with Oboavwoduo setting up Nwaneri for the first goal.

And Nwaneri got his second of the night just before the half-hour mark after Tyler Dibling provided the assist.

The second half was only three minutes old when Oboavwoduo made it 3-0, with a great finish into the bottom left-hand corner after Nwaneri had turned provider.

But Denmark reduced the arrears with just over 15 minutes remaining when Amin Chiakha scored.

England will be in action next on Saturday (12pm GMT), when they take on Northern Ireland in their second game of the group.

England: 1 Tommy Setford (Ajax), 2 Josh Acheampong (Chelsea), 3 Somtochukwu Boniface (Chelsea), 4 Myles Lewis-Skelly (Arsenal), 6 Ishé Samuels-Smith (Everton), 7 Tyler Dibling (Southampton), 8 Lewis Miley (Newcastle United), 9 Justin Oboavwoduo (Manchester City), 10 Michael Golding (Chelsea) (c), 11 Ethan Nwaneri (Arsenal)

Substitutes: 14 Isaiah Dada-Mascoll (Manchester City) for Lewis-Skelly 61, 16 Archie Gray (Leeds United) for Golding 61, 17 Thomas Watson (Sunderland) for Nwaneri 61, 19 Zakariya Lovelace (Rangers) for Oboavwoduo 77, 5 Eyimofe Jemide (Crystal Palace) for Boniface 90

Substitutes not used: 13 Finlay Herrick (West Ham United), 12 Jayden Meghoma (Southampton), 18 Kiano Dyer (Chelsea)

Head coach: Ryan Garry

Goals: Ethan Nwaneri 9, 29, Justin Oboavwoduo 48