Dual-Eligible Players Tracker : Solanke Scores England U21s; Uduokhai, Kingsley Net Winners Germany U21s, Ireland U17s; L. Nmecha Debuts
Catch up on the Nigeria-eligible players that were in action for their other nations in international matches on March 26.
Republic of Ireland U19s ended their Elite Round qualifiers with a hundred percent record after beating hosts Russia 2-0 at FC Krasnodar Academy Stadium pitch 5, Krasnodar.
Southampton striker Jonathan Afolabi replaced Derby County’s Festy Ebosele in the 68th minute.
Republic of Ireland Women’s Under-17 team also ended their Elite Round qualifiers with a win, beating Scotland 1-0 at Ainslie Park, Edinburgh courtesy of Blessing Kingsley‘s 32nd minute winner.
Kingsley, who has a Nigerian dad and mom living in Ireland, was replaced in the 92nd minute, while Cork City FC Women’s Lauren Egbuloniu was a non-playing substitute.
Egbuloniu won her third cap for Ireland U17 in their 2-0 loss to Germany on March 23.
England U21s suffered their first defeat in almost two years, losing 2-1 to Germany at the Vitality Stadium after Felix Uduokhai scored a stoppage-time winner for the visitors.
Bournemouth’s Dominic Solanke became England U21s joint-fifth highest goalscorer in history when he found the net in the 43rd minute.
The former Chelsea and Liverpool wonderkid was in action for 81 minutes, Everton’s Ademola Lookman was introduced at the same time, while Chelsea loanee Fikayo Tomori watched proceedings from the bench.
Uduokhai went the distance for the Germans; teammates Emmanuel Iyoha and Lukas Nmecha were introduced in the 59th minute, while Hertha Berlin’s Jordan Torunarigha was not in the match day squad after suffering an injury while on international duty. It was Nmecha’s debut for Germany’s U21s.
England U19s have missed out on a European Under-19 Championship spot after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Denmark at St George’s Park.
Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka started and was in action for 74 minutes, Manchester City’s Felix Nmecha impressed after coming off the bench in the 46th minute.