It was a special day for Eddie Nektiah as he captained England Under-21s on Friday as they beat Kosovo 6-0, with our academy graduate grabbing a perfect second-half hat-trick.
England had to wait until the 51st minute for the floodgates to open at the Fadil Vokrri Stadium in Pristina. Nektiah latched on to Tom Davies’ cross, before firing twice more within 10 minutes to take home the match ball.
Reiss Nelson also got himself on the scoresheet. It took the 20-year-old just three minutes to find the back of the net after replacing Todd Cantwell in midfield late on. Bukayo Saka started the game but was substituted for Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi with half an hour to play.
The result means it’s five wins from five for Aidy Boothroyd’s side in Group Three as they seek to qualify for the European Under-21 Championship.
Matteo Guendouzi was also in action, playing 90 minutes for France Under-21s as they beat Georgia 2-0.
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