England Under 17s suffered a huge dent in their hopes of reaching the summer’s European Championship as they lost 2-1 against Russia yesterday.
After their opening matchday win against Portugal, manager John Peacock will be frustrated at his side’s inability to contain the Russians.
Bradley Fewster opened the scoring for the Young Lions but Russia came from behind to take all three points at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium.
Alex Kiwomya’s long ball fell in the path of Fewster early on and his effort deflected against goalkeeper Anton Mitryushkin and was eventually bundled over the line by defender Nikita Chernov.
Ayaz Guliev equalled the scores after half an hour when he left Manchester City’s Angus Gunn helpless by rocketing an effort into the net from outside of the box.
Dan Crowley almost regained England’s lead with a dangerous free kick but the killer blow came when Ramil Shaediev picked out the top corner of the net from 25 yards to once again leave Gunn helpless, and England thwarted.
England must beat Slovenia tomorrow to save any hope of making it to the summer’s final tournament.