England have drawn 1-1 with Romania in their first match of this year’s Algarve Tournament.
John Peacock’s side went 1-0 down after 25 minutes courtesy of Gabriel Iancu’s opener.
Luton Town forward Cauley Woodrow grabbed the equalizer early in the second half to salvage a point for the Young Lions.
It was a relatively disappointing first half from England, but they recovered during the second half and put on an impressive performance.
As predicted before the game, Romania sat back and let England attack in early stages.
This was a clever tactic by the Romanians who broke on the counter attack and were able to take the lead.
Peacock believes his players will learn from this as they head into the Under 17 European Championships Elite Qualifying Round next month.
“It was a big learning curve for the players in the first half,” he said. “They came up against something different than they are used to domestically, with Romania defending deep, but that’s exactly the sort of challenge they will face at international level. That’s also why we gave a couple of lads their first start because we are here to see everyone play to see what they can do in different circumstances.
“We didn’t play particularly well in those first 40 minutes, though. Romania had a lot of players behind the ball and tried to counter attack us when they could, and that’s exactly how their goal came about. We found it difficult to produce the bit of quality that was required in the first half.”
In the second half Cauley Woodrow grabbed the equalizer on his international debut.
England, captained by Sam Magri, will take to the pitch again this afternoon as they face Germany in their second game of the tournament.
Germany will be a different proposition. They will be a bit more adventurous in some of their play and we have to compete with that. They were beaten 2-1 by Portugal in their opening match, so they’ll be looking to get something from their game with us. It will no doubt be a tight England v Germany game and hopefully we come away with a good result at the end of it.”
Peacock is hopeful that his side have learnt from their mistakes against Romania and will come out all cylinders firing in this game.
The Germans lost 2-1 against Portugal in their opening match and will be looking to get back on top of the tournament.