Nouble helps England again

Frank Nouble helped England Under-19s to set up a group decider with Slovakia on Wednesday thanks to a 3-1 win against Slovenia on Sunday afternoon.

The West Ham United striker played his second game in three days as England made it six points from six in qualifying Group 2 of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship - and as such have definitely qualified for the Elite round in the spring as one of the top two in the section.

The No9 led the line alongside Aston Villa striker Nathan Delfouneso before both were replaced for the closing stages - Nouble playing 58 minutes.Slovenia are the mini-tournament hosts but proved no match for England, the goals coming from Ryan Donaldson, Jacob Mellis and Roary Deacon.

The Young Lions had already beaten Finland with another 3-1 win last Friday. Slovakia have achieved 4-0 and 1-0 wins against the same opponents respectively - which means a draw in the decisive match in midweek would be enough for them to top the group on goal difference.

Should England come out on top after the tie in Lendava they will clinch the group, a major confidence boost as they look forward to the Elite round. If they then go all the way to the eight-nation finals, they - and potentially the 18-year-old Nouble - will be making a short trip across the channel to northern France in July.