Eventful international debut for Sunderland youngster Watmore

Duncan Watmore scored on his international debut
Duncan Watmore scored on his international debut
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Sunderland winger Duncan Watmore carried his impressive club form into international action on his debut for England Under-20s tonight.

Watmore scored one goal and set up another in a dramatic 3-3 draw with Morocco in the Toulon Tournament, in France.

England opened the scoring when the lively Watmore, fed by Jamie Hanson, provided a great cross for Birmingham flier Demarai Gray to slam home from 12 yards.

Watmore was then right out of luck when Morocco levelled, with Reda Hajhouj’s free-kick taking a massive deflection off the hapless Watmore to fly past keeper Christian Walton.

Morocco quickly went 2-1 up, with Ahmet Bencharki notching, but Watmore levelled, outpacing the Moroccan defence to get on the end of a long ball and challenging the onrushing keeper, with his effort enough to send the ball trickling over the line.

Bencharki made the most of a defensive error to restore Morocco’s lead, but England, despite having Dominic Iorfa sent off, deservedly equalised at 3-3 when sub Chuba Akpom, on for Watmore in the 63rd minute, bagged a brilliant solo strike.

Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford was an unused sub.

England face Ivory Coast in their next Group B game on Saturday.