Saints duo feature in England Under-21 win

By SFC Media Tue 11 Oct International

Jack Stephens and Nathan Redmond both featured as England Under-21s concluded their qualifying campaign in style, with a 5-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Stephens played the duration of the clash at the Banks’s Stadium and helped the Three Lions to a clean sheet, while Redmond replaced Jack Grealish late on.

First-half strikes in quick succession from John Swift and Championship top scorer Tammy Abraham saw them establish control.

Swift took in Grealish’s pass before unleashing an unstoppable drive past Kenan Piric on 14 minutes, before Abraham followed up after Josh Onomah had seen his effort pushed away four minutes later.

England were rarely troubled, but, towards the end of the first-half, Armin Cerimagic forced a smart save from Three Lions debutant Christian Walton.

Aidy Boothroyd’s men emerged for the second-half in equally dominant fashion, and it took five minutes to extend the lead.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Onomah found the net with a low right-footed strike into the corner on his Under-21 debut.

And just after the hour mark, Duncan Watmore got himself on the scoresheet after latching on to Grealish’s incisive through ball.

On 68, Abraham had his second of the afternoon when Watmore picked out his clever run, before the Bristol City loanee placed a delightful chip over the onrushing Piric.

Stephens’ Saints teammate Nathan Redmond joined the action on 73 minutes, while James Ward-Prowse was an unused substitute with qualification already secured.

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