Fanimo makes U17 bow

Matthias Fanimo was a late substitute for England Under-17s as they began their Nordic Tournament campaign with a 5-0 win against Finland.

The eight-nation event has seen England drawn in Group A with the hosts, their Wednesday opponents Denmark and Iceland. The competition is seen as a warm-up for the start of qualification for the 2011 UEFA European Under-17 Championship to be played in Serbia next summer and the FIFA U17 World Cup later next year.

Fanimo, the West Ham United attacker, has already tasted success with at Under-16 level, helping the the Young Lions to win the Victory Shield last season. He made his U17 bow in the 71st minute in Vaasa, with the Young Lions securing the victory through braces for Adil Nabi and Adam Morgan and another for Jake Caskey.

He and his team-mates in the 18-man squad had certainly impressed coach Kenny Swain, ahead of the Finland romp with the Danish date and Friday's contest against Iceland to follow.

"The training has been first class," he told "We've had a few sessions since we've been here in Finland and we've tried to maximise their understanding of what's required in such a short space of time."

Depending on results, England  will then face a final game against either Sweden, Scotland, Faroe Islands or Norway on Sunday.

The annual FA International Tournament takes place in a fortnight when Australia, Turkey and Portugal arrive before the UEFA U17 EURO qualifying campaign begins in October, ahead of the summer finals next year when the Young Lions will defend the title that Robert Hall helped them to win this May.