Calum Chambers scored England’s solitary goal as the under 19s beat Turkey 1-0 in their final match before they head off to the European Championship Elite Qualifying Round.
Noel Blake’s side enjoyed the better of possession and chances and thoroughly deserved their victory against a physical Turkey outfit.
Nick Powell was England’s stand-out player. He was electric throughout and created the first chance of the game as he slipped in Nathan Redmond only to be denied by Hakan Cinemre tracking back for the visitors.
Powell had a good chance minutes later but fired over the crossbar.
England’s goal came when the referee played advantage and Chambers raced forward from right back. The Southampton defender then angled a fiery drive across the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner of the net.
Josh Murphy had a lovely chance to extend England’s lead – created by Powell again – but missed from close-range as Onurcan Piri was equal to his effort.
The icing on the cake for Powell’s performance almost came in the closing stages of the game. He won a penalty in the dying moments but was unable to convert. He took it too casually and would have learned a dear lesson in complacency following the miss.
Follow the link to see what Noel Blake had to say to FA TV.
Teams (England v Turkey) – from thefa.com
England U19s: 1 Jordan Pickford (13 Cameron Dawson, 75), 2 Calum Chambers (15 Matthew Pennington, 70), 3 Adam Webster (16 Greg Leigh, 71), 4 Danny Potts, 5 Tyias Browning, 6 Jack O’Connell, 7 Lewis Baker (12 Hallam Hope, 65), 8 James Ward Prowse (c ), 9 Nick Powell, 10 Max Clayton (14 Josh Murphy, 55), 11 Nathan Redmond (17 Adam Campbell, 55).
Substitutes not used: 18 Eric Dier.
Turkey U19s: 1 Onurcan Piri, 3 Ilkay Durmus, 4 Ahmet Yilmaz Calik, 6 Salih Ucan, 7 Enver Cenk Sahin, 8 Okay Yokuslu (c ), 9 Ibrahim Yilmaz, 10 Hakan Calhanoglu, 11 Kenan Karaman, 13 Muhammet Karpuz, 14 Hakan Cinemre.
Referee: Paul Tiernan