Frankly speaking

  • by Staff Writer
  • Saturday, 10th October 2009

Frank Nouble's debut for the England under 19s ended in success as Noel Blake's side won 3-1 against Finalnd.

The big striker, who joined West Ham from Chelsea in the summer played for 72 minutes as England overcame the Fins in their first game of the European Championship qualifiers.

Nouble - despite failing to score - had a good game and left the field with England 2-1 up thanks to goals from Aston Villa's Nathan Delfouneso (8 mins) and Chelsea's Jacob Mellis (16 mins, currently on loan at Southampton). The win was confirmed in the second minute of injury when Dean Parrett added a third.

Next up for the Nouble and the under 19s are Slovenia, who host England in Fazanerija this coming Friday (9th); that game kicking off at 3pm.

England under 19s: Rudd, Clarke, Malone, Wallace, Brown, Baker, Parrett, Nouble (Donaldson 72), Delfouneso, Mellis (Caulker 62), Mason (Stewart 54)

* West Ham youngster Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson scored the second goal as Iceland's under 21s thrashed San Marino 8-0 in Reykjavik.

Eyjolfsson - currently on loan at Cheltenham - converted a Gudmundsson cross from close range to put the Icelanders 2-0 up in a game that had been switched to the Icalandic capital due to adverse weather conditions in Akranes where the game had been due to take place.

The game was Eyjolfsson's tenth appearance for the under 21s.

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