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03 July 2017

Mason Mount and Ryan Sessegnon both on target as England U19s begin Euros with victory over Bulgaria

ENGLAND Under-19s began their European Championship campaign with a 2-0 victory over Bulgaria on Monday.

Chelsea starlet Mason Mount and Fulham whizkid Ryan Sessegnon bagged either side of the break in Tbilisi, Georgia to secure the points in their Group B opener.

Chelsea's Mason Mount got the scoring underway for England against Bulgaria after just 39 seconds
Chelsea’s Mason Mount got the scoring underway for England against Bulgaria after just 39 seconds
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Ryan Sessegnon then doubled the advantage moments after half time
Ryan Sessegnon then doubled the advantage moments after half time
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On a sweltering afternoon, the action burst into life just moments after kick off.

There was not even a minute on the clock when Keith Downing’s Three Lions sank their teeth into the opposition.

Dujon Sterling cut down the right before cutting a pass back for Mount to calmly finish with a low drive across Dimitar Sheytanov and into the far corner after just 39 seconds.

It was his defensive qualities that were being lauded shortly afterwards as he cleared Petko Hristov’s bullet header off the line.

England stopper Aaron Ramsdale was the hero just after the half hour mark.

The Bournemouth stopper produced a stunning save to tip the ball over the bar from another Hristov header.

Keith Downing's men kicked off their Euro campaign with a 2-0 victory over Bulgaria
Keith Downing’s men kicked off their Euro campaign with a 2-0 victory over Bulgaria
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Ryan Sessegnon celebrated his new contract at Fulham with the a goal for his country
Ryan Sessegnon celebrated his new contract at Fulham with the a goal for his country
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Ipswich starlet Andre Dozzell was also in action for the Three Lions
Ipswich starlet Andre Dozzell was also in action for the Three Lions
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There remained just a goal in it until the break, but Keith Downing’s youngsters began the second period in similar fashion to the first as they doubled their advantage.

A move down the left led to Ben Brereton and Sessegnon playing a one-two, and that left the latter with just Sheytanov to beat and he made no mistake.

Sessegnon, who last week signed a new contract with Fulham to snub a move to Liverpool or Tottenham, had previously spoken of his desire to fire his country to international glory.

The England line-up

England: 1 Aaron Ramsdale (AFC Bournemouth), 2 Dujon Sterling (Chelsea), 3 Jay Dasilva (Capt; Chelsea), 4 Tayo Edun (Fulham), 5 Trevoh Chalobah (Chelsea), 6 Easah Suliman (Aston Villa), 8 Andre Dozzell (Ipswich Town),  9 Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest), 10 Mason Mount (Chelsea), 11 Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham), 14 Marcus Edwards (Tottenham Hotspur)

Substitutes: 7 Isaac Buckley-Ricketts (Manchester City) for Sessegnon 75, 12 Lukas Nmecha (Manchester City) for Brereton 78, 17 Jacob Maddox (Chelsea) for Edwards 83

Substitutes not used: 13 Nathan Trott (West Ham United), 12 Lukas Nmecha (Manchester City), 15 Josh Dasilva (Arsenal), 16 Darnell Johnson (Leicester City), 18 Reece James (Chelsea)

Goals: Mount 1, Sessegnon 48

England's Group B results and fixtures

  • Monday July 3: England 2 Bulgaria 0
  • 2.30pm Thursday July 6 v Netherlands
  • 5pm Sunday July 9 v Germany

Ryan Sessegnon is a key part of Keith Downing's England Under-19s
Ryan Sessegnon is a key part of Keith Downing’s England Under-19s
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And he got off to the best possible start here at the Euros.

It’s the Netherlands up next for the hotshot and his team-mates on Thursday at the Mikheil Meskhi Stadium.

They finish their Group B campaign against Germany on Sunday, where they will hopefully secure a spot in the semi-finals.


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