England now have two wins from two matches in the U19 European Championship group stages after a 1-0 win over the Netherlands today in Tbilisi. Nottingham Forest product Ben Brereton fired home a rebound of a Ryan Sessegnon shot in the 85th minute to keep England perfect in the competition.
But it was Tottenham Hotspur star-in-waiting Marcus Edwards who did most of the hard work leading up to the goal. Edwards received the ball from a corner, juked a defender, and made a nice lay-off pass to a wide open Sessegnon. Fulham’s newest professional footballer had his effort blocked, but Brereton was there to poke the rebound home. Check out the play below for all of the sweet, sweet Marcus Edwards dribbling action.
You can see the skill that Edwards has on the ball as he made that Dutch defender look pretty silly. Unfortunately that probably won’t go down as an assist, but it’s definitely a “hockey assist,” and it’s a nice play. Edwards came in as a late impact sub in the 77th minute, but played all 90 minutes in England’s opening 2-0 win over Bulgaria.
Edwards is a monster talent and is hoping that a good showing in Georgia will lead to a bigger role in Spurs’ first team next season. So far, he’s off to a pretty good start! If you want to look for the cloud in every silver lining, Sessegnon has had a pretty outstanding tournament thus far, just days after spurning Tottenham to sign his first professional contract with Fulham. All the sad face emoji.
England are now assured of progressing out of their Euro group and into the knockout stages. Their final group stage match is against winless (!!) Germany on July 9. The matches are generally televised on Eurosport in the UK.