Jenkinson stars in U21 victory

Carl Jenkinson was named as Man of the Match as England U21s defeated Germany on Monday night

Carl Jenkinson gave a Man of the Match performance as England U21 twice came from behind to defeat old rivals Germany 3-2 in an international friendly at Middlesbrough on Monday night.

Gareth Southgate’s team had to show plenty of spirit after Germany started impressively and Philipp Hofmann gave the visitors an early lead.

England rallied with Jenkinson, who was a used substitute in Friday’s victory in the Czech Republic, laying on the leveller for Manchester United’s Jesse Lingaard.

Shortly after the interval England found themselves behind again with Hofmann once more the man to strike.

Just as before, England responded strongly with two goals inside the final ten minutes turning the contest around.

Nathan Redmond swept in the second equaliser from twelve yards, then, with seven minutes left to play, Jenkinson fed Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse, who beat Barcelona stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to seal the success.

England’s attentions now turn to the summer’s U21 European Championships in the Czech Republic, with Jenkinson hoping to play his part.