Aidan Barlow scored just three minutes after making his debut as a substitute for England’s under-17 side at the U17 European Championships in Croatia.
After scoring nine goals in six games for Manchester United’s under-18 side, coming into excellent form with the absence of Angel Gomes, Barlow received his first England call-up at this level for the tournament.
He was an unused substitute in an opening matchday 3-1 win against Norway, but came on to brilliant effect, scoring the fourth in a 4-0 thrashing of Ukraine. Results elsewhere mean England have qualified for the quarter-finals with a game still to be played.
Barlow tweeted: “what a feeling to score on my debut for
@England and win 4-0 vs Ukraine in the euros!
Meanwhile, Lee O’Connor, recently nominated for the Jimmy Murphy Player of the Year award alongside Angel Gomes and Callum Whelan, captained the Republic of Ireland’s under-17s to a 2-1 win vs Bosnia & Herzegovina.
It’s O’Connor’s first game since picking up an ankle injury in the opening match of the Dallas Cup 2017. He came off after 66 minutes for Callum Thompson. Ireland will need a last day victory against a good Germany side to progress from Group C, as long as their victory is of a greater margin than Serbia who play Bosnia & Herzegovina.
That final game for the Irish is on Wednesday, May 10th and will be televised live on Eurosport 1 at 11AM.