Arsenal duo inspire England Under-21 success

Arsenal's Reiss Nelson (right) celebrates scoring for England under-21s against Scotland (pic Craig

Arsenal's Reiss Nelson (right) celebrates scoring for England under-21s against Scotland (pic Craig Watson/PA) - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Arsenal duo Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson proved the difference for England Under-21s as they started their European Championship qualification campaign with a 3-2 win over Turkey on Friday.

England's Eddie Nketiah (pic Tim Goode/PA)

England's Eddie Nketiah (pic Tim Goode/PA) - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

It only took four minutes for Nketiah - who is on loan to Leeds this season - to put the three Lions ahead, before the hosts reacted with goals through Dogukan Sinik and Mert Muldur.

However, on 74 minutes Phil Foden was the creator as he threaded a pinpoint pass to Nketiah just inside the penalty area and the striker made no mistake in firing into the net.

With Turkey still reeling about the equalising goal they had just conceded, England went 3-2 up a minute later when Nelson netted what proved to be the winning goal with a stinging low shot that may have taken a deflection off a Turkish defender.

The hosts had a goal ruled out for offside as they searched for an equaliser, but England held on for the three points.

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England Under-21s had a poor summer after being knocked out of the European finals in the group stage, but manager Aidy Boothroyd played a large pool of new talent on Friday.

They go again on Monday as they go in search of keeping their winning start alive against Kosovo in Hull.

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