Hall opens with draw

West Ham United's Robert Hall helped England's Under-17s open their Nordic International Youth Tournament challenge with a 1-1 draw with Denmark.

Striker Hall, who does not turn 16 until 20 October, was part of the Young Lions squad at the Moan Stadium in Trondheim on Wednesday.

The result marked a huge improvement on the last time the two sides met, when Denmark ran out 6-1 winners at last season's Nordic Tournament in Kungshamn, Sweden.

England will take on the Faroe Islands at the Tydal Stadium on Wednesday at 5.30pm UK time before completing their complement of Group A fixtures against Norway at the Overlands Minde Stadium at the same time on Friday 31 July.

Norway beat the Faroe Islands 7-0 at the Verdal Stadion, with Havard Neilsen scoring four goals, in Wednesday's other Group A game.

Group B contains Finland, Iceland, Scotland and Sweden, with the winners of each group playing off for the title. The second, third and fourth-placed teams in each group will face one another for the minor placings.

Meanwhile, the FA have announced that Italy, Portugal and Turkey will visit England for an U17 tournament in the final week of August.

Hall will be eager to be involved again when John Peacock's youngsters take on Italy at Burton Albion on Wednesday 26 August, Turkey at Northampton Town on Friday 28 August and Portugal at Notts County on Sunday 30 August.

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Elsewhere, Freddie Sears completed a full 90 minutes as Crystal Palace went down to a 1-0 pre-season defeat by Norwich City at Selhurst Park on Tuesday evening.

The on-loan striker twice came close to scoring for the Eagles, firing one effort high and wide before half-time before being denied by Canaries goalkeeper Michael Theoklitos after the break.

Sears is expected to feature in Palace's final first-team friendly of the summer against League One newcomers Gillingham at Selhurst Park on Saturday.