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Published 27 March 2023 4 min read
Men's U18

Report: England MU18s 3-1 Switzerland

Written by:

Frank Smith

Sonny Finch, Bobby Clark and Jobe Bellingham all find the net during England men's under-18s' final game of the international window

England men’s under-18s ended their trip to Croatia with a win, after beating Switzerland by 3-1 in Pula on Monday afternoon.

This was the MU18s’ third match of the international window, following on from a 2-1 win over hosts Croatia on Wednesday and a 3-0 loss against Belgium on Friday afternoon.

Head coach Neil Ryan made seven changes to his starting XI for this afternoon’s match, which had been delayed by three hours due to the pitch at Jadran Porec being waterlogged.

And England made an electric start to the game as they took the lead inside the opening minute through Sonny Finch, but unfortunately the Middlesbrough youngster was forced off with an injury in the process.

Switzerland equalised but the Young Lions regained their advantage just before the break when Bobby Clark picked up a rebound following Chelsea striker Leo Castledine’s saved shot.

The sealed the win midway through the second half as Jobe Bellingham got his second goal of the trip to add England’s third and ensure they head home on the back of a victory.

England: 1 Luca Gunter (Tottenham Hotspur), 2 Jahmai Simpson-Pusey (Manchester City), 3 Lino Sousa (Arsenal), 4 Jacob Wright (Manchester City), 5 Josh Feeney (Aston Villa), 6 Max Alleyne (Manchester City), 7 Sonny Finch (Middlesbrough), 8 Jobe Bellingham (Birmingham City) ©, 9 Leo Castledine (Chelsea), 10 Nico O'Reilly (Manchester City), 11 Bobby Clark (Liverpool)

Substitutes: 17 Joel Ndala (Manchester City) for Finch 6, 20 Oliver Scarles (West Ham United) for Sousa 64, 14 Romain Esse (Millwall) for Ndala 64, 12 George Abbott (Tottenham Hotspur) for Simpson-Pusey 64, 15 James Debayo (Leeds United) for Alleyne 73, 18 Jack Hinshelwood (Brighton & Hove Albion) for Bellingham 73, 16 David Ozoh (Crystal Palace) for Wright 73, 21 Jayden Barber (Aston Villa) for Feeney 78, 19 Kamari Doyle (Southampton) for Clark 78

Substitutes not used: 13 Ben Cisse (West Bromwich Albion), 22 True Grant (Manchester City),

Head coach: Neil Ryan

Goals: Sonny Finch 1, Bobby Clark 43, Jobe Bellingham 69