Thursday 06 Sep
Updated Thursday 06 Sep 09:12

Alese helps England U18s to victory over Dutch

Ajibola Alese in England action


West Ham United’s youth-team captain Ajibola Alese continued his fine start to the 2018/19 season by helping England U18s to a 3-0 win over the Netherlands on Wednesday.

The centre-back, who has inspired the Hammers to four U18 Premier League South victories out of four to kick-off the campaign, was a late substitute for Neil Dewsnip’s Young Lions in their opening fixture at the Limoges International Tournament.

Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood put England ahead inside three minutes at the Stade Municipal Beaublanc before Tino Anjorin of Chelsea added a second nine minutes before half-time.

Alese then replaced Ipswich Town’s Dylan Crowe with seven minutes remaining for his England U18 debut and Arvin Appiah of Nottingham Forest added a third moments later.

Elsewhere on Wednesday, France and Russia drew 1-1, meaning England top the standings after one round of matches.

The young West Ham player will hope to make his first start at U18 level when England take on Russia on Friday afternoon, before completing their participation in the four-nation round-robin competition by challenging hosts France on Sunday evening.