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Six Out Of Six For Pearce and England Under 21s

Benik Afobe netted on his debut for Stuart Pearce’s side.

England Under 21s Tuesday night win against Northern Ireland meant it was six wins out of six in 2012 for Stuart Pearce and his Young Lions.

Benik Afobe’s penalty added to Connor Wickham’s earlier effort to secure the win in the international friendly.

Jack Robinson and Nick Powell of Liverpool and Manchester United respectively both made debuts as well as Andros Townsend of Tottenham Hotspur.

Liam Moore, Harry Maguire, Nat Chalobah, Will Hughes and Afobe all came on in the second-half to make their debuts.

“The result wasn’t the main driver but it’s pleasing to win and pleasing to keep a clean sheet,” Pearce told thefa.com after the game at Bloomfield Road.

“[Six wins and six clean sheets] takes some doing at any level, make no mistake, I can’t lose sight of that and the credit goes to the players.

“To have so many new faces in the squad and for players to play as well as they did, move the ball as quickly as they did, was a real bonus.

“I think all of them done really well and it gives us something to think about. I couldn’t be more delighted with the way the season has gone and the way tonight has gone.”

He also said: “We’re together for a short period of time so you don’t have the chance to build that camaraderie.

“They seem to come into the environment and really enjoy each other’s company, and that gives you a real good start as a manager.

“A vast amount of players will come away, be delighted with their contribution, won an England cap as well and have been part of a winning set-up.”

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About Tom Bennett

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