EFL graduates steal the present at Wembley

It was an evening to recollect for Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins, because the former LFE apprentice and Exeter City player discovered the back of the net on his senior England debut.

The Three Lions ran riot at Wembley of their 2022 World Cup Qualifier against San Marino, with Watkins rounding off the scoring in a 5-0 victory. 

Gareth Southgate’s beginning XI was plagued by players that had come by way of EFL academies, made their senior debut within the EFL or in an EFL competition. 

Queens Park Rangers academy graduate, Raheem Sterling, led out his team-mates on the National Stadium and additionally discovered himself on the scoresheet on the night time, earlier than handing the armband to Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Conor Coady, who spent 5 seasons at EFL level.

Southampton’s midfield maestro, James Ward-Prowse, scored his first goal for England with a tidy finish inside 15 minutes, with former Sheffield United striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin additionally netting both side of half-time within the victory. 

Former Birmingham City and present Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham made his second look for the national team, and the 17-year-old was one of many standout people within the second half against San Marino. 

Bellingham got here inside inches of netting his first goal for England on two events, firstly heading over from close vary and then by way of an acrobatic bicycle-kick. 

Former Derby County loanee Mason Mount additionally got here close to breaking a 13-year document held by Xavi, for creating essentially the most probabilities in open play. His eight probabilities left him one shy of the document, which was set back in 2008 for Spain against Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

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