England U21 3-1 Czech Republic U21: Everton’s Anthony Gordon scores twice on debut

Carsley had challenged his team to step forward in the absence of Emile smith rowe And, while the opposition may have had too much of the ball for their liking towards the end of both halves, the Young Lions largely did.

Folarin Balogun he also scored his first U21 goal when the Young Lions threatened to break out.

Adam Karabec’s penalty dampened their momentum, but Carsley’s side were second, two points behind the visitors in Group G, with one game short before March’s games with Andorra and Albania.

Before the game, Gordon confidently declared that he wanted to be Everton’s best player and announced himself on Turf Moor in 11 minutes.

The winger pressured Tomas Cvancara to retrieve the ball with Balogun and Conor Gallagher closing in on Cole Palmer.

His passing and movement opened the space for Gordon to cut inside and Martin Vitik stuck out a leg to deflect his shot past the stranded Matej Kovar.

While Gordon may have a hard time claiming the first, his second seven minutes later was clear.

A terrible pass from Adam Gabriel gave the ball to Balogun and found Gallagher cleared down the right.

The midfielder’s shot was stopped by Manchester United’s Kovar but only pushed him in Gordon’s way for an easy touch.

The visitors had not conceded a goal in their first four group matches, but were completely outmatched with England growing in confidence and Max Aarons and Jacob Ramsey fired.

Balogun had penalty claims rejected, but scored his first under-21 goal after 30 minutes.

Once again the Czech Republic were caught in possession with the impressive Ramsey stealing from Cvancara and the latter slid into Balogun to find the bottom corner.

A clever save by Kovar denied Balogun a quick second with the Czech Republic in disarray, however they retired a goal after their first significant attack of the game.

Luke Thomas tripped Karabec in the box and the midfielder dispatched the penalty five minutes before half-time.

Balogun should have quickly restored England’s three-goal lead, only to miss Gordon’s cross with the open goal, but the hosts continued to create openings.

Gordon, Palmer and Ramsey moved closer to a quarter early in the second half before they slowly began to handle the game, learning from losing a 2-0 draw lead at Slovenia last month, to comfortably hold the victory.

Additional PA reports .

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