Oxford helps England U20s thrash Italy

Reece Oxford helped England U20s beat Italy 5-1


Reece Oxford helped England U20s to a comprehensive 5-1 victory over Italy’s equivalent youth side on Thursday afternoon.

The West Ham United defender, currently on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach, completed 80 minutes for the young Lions in Gorgonzola as they ran out comfortable winners in the international friendly.

The defender started while Nathan Trott, the Hammers’ first choice U23 stopper, was on the bench with Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale between the sticks.

England took the lead after just five minutes when Benfica forward Chris Willock – who joined the Portuguese outfit after leaving Arsenal this summer – broke the deadlock.

The Azzurri were back on level terms ten minutes later though, Cesena man Guiseppe Panico equalised.

Tottenham Hotspur man Marcus Edwards ensured England regained the lead on 22 minutes however, and the visitors added a third ten minutes before the break through FC Twente’s Isaac Buckley-Ricketts.

Then, two goals in four minutes courtesy of captain Easah Sulliman – a defender – and Barnsley’s Ike Ugbo ensured the young Lions would see out the win.

Oxford was replaced – after being booked – by Charlton Athletic defender Ezri Konsa with ten minutes remaining, but the win marked his fourth appearance for the U20s in total.

Declan Rice was in a action for Ireland's U21s

The side are back in action again on Tuesday, with Czech Republic this time the opponents at St. George’s Park in another friendly clash.

Meanwhile, Declan Rice and Josh Cullen were both in action for the Republic of Ireland's U21s, as they recorded a goalless draw with Norway in European Championship qualifying in Dublin.

Youngster Rice, who made his first West Ham starts this campaign, played in central midfield alongside Cullen who is loan at Bolton Wanderers.

The pair will play again in the capital on Monday, when Israel are this time the visitors.

The Boys in Green remain unbeaten in qualifying having won two and drawn two in Group E so far.