Hall on England high

Robert Hall came off the bench to score twice in eleven minutes of coming on as England Under-17s cruised to victory on Monday morning.

The Young Lions were 6-2 winners against Kazakhstan in the opening Group 1 match of a four-team qualifying mini-tournament being played in Azerbaijan for the 2010 UEFA European Under-17 Championship. Hall came on in the 62nd minute, scored his first four minutes later and then added a second soon afterwards.

The young forward will hope to have done enough to start when England take on the Azeri hosts on Wednesday before rounding out the group against Serbia on Saturday. The top two nations in the round-robin group will progress to the Elite round to be played next spring before the eight-nation finals in Liechtenstein in May.

Hall, still only 16, is the fifth West Ham striker to impress for England this month after his Academy club-mate Matthias Fanimo shone for the U16s in a 1-0 win against Wales in their opening match of the Victory Shield last week. Fanimo and Blair Turgott have both been called up for Thursday week's match against Northern Ireland.

Frank Nouble played three times in a week in the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifiers, Zavon Hines lit up the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship campaign with two goals on his debut and Carlton Cole played twice for the seniors as they put the seal on 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification with wins.