Latvia U21 1-2 England U21: Strikes from Chelsea youngsters Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount spares Young Lions’ blushes

11 Sep

Goals from Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount spared England an embarrassing result away to Latvia in their European Championship qualifier.

Aidy Boothroyd’s men are top of Group Four after securing a 2-1 win in Jelgava.

Mount, who is on loan at Derby from Chelsea, impressed on his international U21 debut

It was an impressive debut for Mount, who set up Abraham’s leveller and enhanced his growing reputation with a man-of-the-match display.

Boothroyd will be hoping his side can book their place in Italy for next summer’s tournament with their final qualifiers against Andorra and Scotland next month.

After being held to a 0-0 draw by second-placed Holland at Carrow Road last week, the Young Lions would have been keen to assert their authority early on.

However, they made a poor start and fell behind in the 28th minute when Raivis Jurkovskis struck.

Abraham levelled the game five minutes before the break

Dominic Solanke has a good chance to draw his side level almost immediately but he could not find the target.

The visitors were able to get themselves level before the break, though, as Abraham bagged.

The forward, on loan at Aston Villa, was in the right place to head home Mount’s fizzed cross at the near post for his eighth goal for the under-21s.

England began to control the game and could have taken the lead on the hour but home goalkeeper Kristaps Zommers produced an impressive double save to to keep out Solanke and Abraham from close range.

They eventually made their breakthrough with 17 minutes to go as Mount proved the hero.

Some neat play on the edge of the area saw the ball end up with Solanke and he fed the Chelsea man, who is on loan at Derby, to fire in a composed finish across the face off goal.

That proved decisive and England left with the points.