Sunderland pair shine in England victory

Duncan Watmore in action Kazakhstan
Duncan Watmore in action Kazakhstan
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Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford kept another clean sheet, while forward Duncan Watmore made a substitute appearance, as England U21s won 3-0 against Kazakhstan tonight.

But it was Pickford who claimed a goal assist, and not his outfield clubmate!

England opened the scoring eight minutes into the second half when James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick was only half cleared to Ruben Loftus-Cheek and the midfielder rifled in from 12 yards.

And he was denied a second 10 minutes later - after excellent work from Jordan Ibe - when his shot was deflected wide.

England never looked in danger of losing their lead - and were only troubled when Joe Gomez limped off after landing awkwardly - and doubled it on 69 minutes thanks to Pickford’s brilliant vision.

The keeper picked out an unmarked Nathan Redmond with a stunning 60-yard pass and the Norwich winger cut inside before sliding past Pavlov at the near post.

Loftus-Cheek had the chance to add the gloss in the final 10 minutes when he rattled the bar from close range, but Chuba Akpom did make it 3-0 in stoppage time with the final touch of the game.

Watmore had come on as a 65th minute sub for Ibe.