England U21’s latest outing against the Czech Republic was the perfect platform for some of the Premier League’s brightest rising stars to strut their stuff. Lee Carsley’s youngsters battled to a 2-1 victory to close in on their hosts at the top of Group G to edge closer to the 2023 European Championships.
Emile Smith Rowe – now an established star at Arsenal – propelled young English talent ahead after just 22 minutes with an emphatic finish after Curtis Jones was thwarted from close range. Aston Villa starlet Jacob Ramsey doubled England’s lead almost immediately after the break to send the Young Lions top of Group G, although Daniel Fila provided a superb consolation for the hosts in the dying minutes Match.
But while two established Premier League stars found the net, there were a number of other high-flying starlets who caught the eye, including James Garner. The Manchester United youngster has caught the eye on loan at Nottingham Forest this season, and the 21-year-old capped off a great campaign by playing a key role in the goal that secured a 1-0 victory for the side. Steve Cooper during last weekend’s championship. play-off final.
There have been major problems in the engine room at Old Trafford for some time, and Garner has a real opportunity to make an impression on new Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag in pre-season.
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Even if the Dutchman decides to splash the cash on a more established name to add much-needed balance to Manchester United’s midfield, it seems inevitable that Garner will ply his trade in the Premier League next season after his breakthrough year away from home. Old Trafford. .
As Garner seized his chance to impress with both hands, Friday night’s game topped the rest. Arsenal youngster Folarin Balogun had the perfect opportunity to show Mikel Arteta he could play a first-team role at the Emirates next year by linking up with Smith Rowe in the final third.
But although the 20-year-old showed some neat touches and impressed with flashes alongside his Gunners colleague, he didn’t carry enough goal threat against a less-than-impressive Czech full-back.