Sunderland striker Joel Asoro strikes first U21 international goal for Sweden

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Sunderland striker Joel Asoro notched his first goal for Sweden Under-21s today – to keep alive their European Under-21 Championship finals hopes.

The 17-year-old netted the third Swedish goal in a 3-0 Group Six qualifying tie in Estonia.

Filip Dagerstаl’s eighth-minute goal set the tone for the visitors, with Muamer Tankovic making it 2-0 right on half-time.

Asoro, who made his U21 international debut last month, made the game safe with his strike on 53 minutes.

Sweden, with one game to go, are top of the group on 21 points, a point better off than Croatia and Spain. Only the group winners are guaranteed a finals place.

Sweden host Croatia in their final qualifier on Monday, while Spain tackle Estonia.

Meanwhile, Sunderland forward Duncan Watmore was given a run-out for the final 17 minutes as a substitute as England Under-21s won 1-0 in Kazakhstan to clinch top spot in Group Nine.

:Watmore replaced Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the 73rd minute of a match won by an early goal from Leicester’s Demarai Gray.