England U17 3-1 Turkey U17: Reiss Nelson and Jonathan Leko shine as the Youngs Lions edge closer to Euro qualification
- England Under 17s were too much for Turkey at the Proact Stadiun
- Arsenal starlet Reiss Nelson netted twice for Steve Cooper’s side
- Jonathan Leko scored the second to round off an impressive display
England moved one step closer to the Under-17 European Championships with a 3-1 win over Turkey in the first of three crucial qualifiers this week.
The Young Lions started on the front foot at Chesterfield, with Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon and Chelsea’s Mason Mount seeing early chances go begging.
But with Turkey forced onto the back foot, it was Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson who opened the scoring just before the half-hour when Jonathan Leko threaded through a pass.
England Under 17’s Reiss Nelson celebrates the first goal at the Proact Stadium on Thursday
The Arsenal starlet netted his second from the spot to round off an impressive performance
Ryan Sessegnon was brought down by Turkey goalkeeper Emre Ozturk to win the spot kick
The Young Lions doubled their advantage shortly after the interval when Leko, the West Brom forward, broke in behind the Turkish defence to round their keeper and score.
And Steve Cooper’s team were home and dry when Sessegnon was tripped inside the area by the keeper and Nelson slotted home a composed penalty.
Jonathan Leko managed to fire past a couple of Turkey defenders to put England two-nil up
England boss Steve Cooper would have been delighted with the performance of his young stars
Turkey gained a consolation through Metehan Guclu shortly before the end but England coasted to victory.
They head to Leek Town’s Harrison Park next to take on Finland on Saturday, before rounding off the qualifying triple-header against Ukraine on Tuesday.
The first-placed team qualifies for the finals in Azerbaijan, with seven of the eight second-placed teams with the best record also making it.
ENGLAND U17 MATCH FACTS
England team (4-2-3-1): Adam Parkes; Dujon Sterling (Samuel Shashoua 75), Jaden Brown, Marcus McGuane, Trevoh Chalobah (c), Japhet Tanganga, Ryan Sessegnon, Andre Dozzell, Jonathan Leko (Ben Morris 70), Mason Mount (Dennis Adeniran 75), Reiss Nelson
Substitutes not used: James Cumming (GK); Tolaji Bola, Edward Francis, Martell Taylor-Crossdale
Scorers: Nelson 37, 47; Leko 41