England Under 17s defeated Northern Ireland in the first of three games to qualify for this year’s European Championships.
England came from a goal behind to secure the victory in their opening game of the Elite Qualifying Round.
Semaus McCartan put the Northern Irish side ahead in the first half despite England having the better possession.
West Ham’s Blair Turgott was set up by Everton’s Hallam Hope to grab the deserved equalizer.
Northern Ireland goalkeeper Connor Brennan made some fine saves but was unable to deny Hope from the penalty spot just before half time.
The win looked pretty sure as a corner from Alex Henshall found the head of Nick Powell and drifted into the net.
Northern Ireland didn’t give up there though. Seamus McCarten converted a penalty courtesy of a foul by Portsmouth’s Sam Magri to increase his side’s confidence going into the last quarter of the game.
Unfortunately for them though, Northern Ireland couldn’t find another mark on the score sheet and it finished 3-1 to the Young Lions.
John Peacock’s men will now face Belgium this afternoon in their second match before taking on Spain later in the week.