YOUNG Hammers Jordan Spence and Tony Brookes starred for the
England Under-16's as they beat Scotland 2-1 at
Kilmarnock's Rugby Park in the Sky Sports Victory Shield.
England surged past Scotland to share the Victory Shield with
Wales thanks to an own goal from Ross Perry and Nathan
Porritt's winner, despite falling behind within six seconds to
an early strike from their determined opponents.
The win will be a boost for the Young Lions after losing out to
Northern Ireland earlier this month and it means that the name
England remains on the trophy for the fifth successive year.
England Coach Kenny Swain was very proud of his players as they
lifted the shield and hoped to be seeing them for many years to
come in England shirts. "I'm delighted with the win
and I am very proud of my players and the staff who have worked
ever so hard," Swain commented after the match.
"We shot ourselves in the foot with the early goal but we
responded brilliantly and thoroughly deserved the
"There were some real stars for the future out there and I
hope they can reach the highest level. I am sure that they all have
a great chance of making it in football," he added. The
win for England also denied Wales their first outright victory in
the competition since 1949.
England: Gary Woods (Manchester United), Moses
Barnett (Arsenal) (Joe Mattock (Leicester City) 40), Tony Brookes
(West Ham United) (Nana Ofori (Chelsea) 79), Victor Moses (Crystal
Palace) Saulo Asajile (Tottenham Hotspur) 80), Rhys Murphy
(Arsenal), Nathan Porritt (Middlesbrough), Danny Rose (Leeds
United), Jordan Spence (West Ham United), Tom Taiwo (Leeds United),
Liam Darville (Leeds United), Jonathan Franks (Middlesbrough)
Subs not used: Ashley Chambers (Leicester City), Steven Clancy
(Aston Villa), Henri Lansbury (Arsenal), Jason Steele
(Middlesbrough), Michael Wood (Leeds United)
Scotland: Steven Coutts, Jonathan Crawford,
Nicholas Gallacher (Craig McShea 52), Christopher Malone, Ross
Perry, John Fleck (Alistair Park 40), Carlo Monti,
Oliver Russell, Stephen Stirling, David Wotherspoon, Gary Glen
(Daniel Galbraith 60), Michael Graham,
Subs: James Gilpin, Kenneth Waugh, Callum McKinlay,