Nouble at the double

Frank Nouble scored twice as England began their UEFA European Under-19 Championship challenge with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Austria.

Nouble netted twice within the opening half-hour at the Stade du Haze in the northern French town of Flers to give Noel Blake's side the perfect start to their campaign.

The West Ham United youngster is hoping to become the second Hammer to lift a European title this summer following Robert Hall's success with England at the UEFA European U17 Championship in May.

The 18-year-old ensured the U19s have a chance to do just that by firing in the Three Lions' first goal on 13 minutes, finishing confidently with his left foot past Austria goalkeeper Philip Petermann.

Nouble and his country's second came 16 minutes later when the No11 showed great opportunism and confidence to latch on to a pass from Matthew Briggs and get clear of defender Gernot Trauner before slotting past Petermann.

Although David Alaba pulled a goal back for the Austrians seven minutes after the break, England reinstated their two-goal advantage through Arsenal defender Thomas Cruise three minutes later.

Austria threatened a dramatic late comeback when Trauner scored on 73 minutes and goalkeeper Declan Rudd was forced to turn Alaba's long-range free-kick on to the crossbar moments later, but England held on.

Blake's youngsters continue their Group B challenge by facing Netherlands in Bayeux at 5pm UK time on Wednesday before completing their group-stage commitments by taking on France in St-Lo on Saturday, with kick-off again at 5pm UK time.

Both matches will be screened live by British Eurosport.