Godfrey bags first goal for England in win over Austria

PUBLISHED: 21:56 08 September 2020 | UPDATED: 21:56 08 September 2020

Ben Godfrey was on target in England Under-21s' win over Austria. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Ben Godfrey was on target in England Under-21s' win over Austria. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Norwich City youngster Ben Godfrey scored his first goal for his country in what turned out to be the winning goal in England Under-21s’ 2-1 win over Austria in Euro qualifying.

Godfrey ghosted in at the back post to slide home from Callum Hudson-Odoi’s corner after Arsenal youngster Eddie Nketiah had given England the lead in the first half. Austria pulled a goal back through Patrick Schmidt but Aidy Boothroyd’s men saw out the game to maintain their 100 percent winning record in group three.

Tottenham loanee Oliver Skipp also started before being substituted in the second half whilst Todd Cantwell and Max Aarons also came off the bench.

Nketiah, who fired a 10-minute hat-trick in the Young Lions’ 6-0 thrashing of Kosovo last Friday, went close with an early header from Ryan Sessegnon’s cross.

Skipp’s effort was blocked before Nketiah opened the scoring in the 27th minute as he ran clear and produced a composed right-footed finish from the edge of the area.

Sessegnon’s effort was well-saved early in the second period, but England doubled their lead soon after when Godfrey pounced at the far post to double England’s advantage.

Austria, who began the day in second place, hit back to raise their hopes in the 60th minute when Hannes Wolf teed up Schmidt following the winger’s mazy run into the box.

Chances were few and far between as England remained well-disciplined and organised in the closing stages.

Boothroyd’s side were given a late scare when Marco Friedl curled his free-kick from the left edge of the area just wide of a post.

England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale was forced into a diving catch in the dying moments from Wolf’s dangerous cross.

Elsewhere Danel Sinani looked lively but couldn’t stop Luxembourg going down to a 1-0 defeat against Montenegro as Fatos Beciraj scored from the penalty spot.

Prezemyslaw Placheta came on as a 73rd minute substitute in Poland Under-21s’ 1-0 win over Russia Under-21s whilst Jacob Sorensen was an unused substitute in Denmark Under-21s’ 1-0 win over Northern Ireland Under-21s. Andreas Olsen got the only goal of the game from the penalty spot with 15 minutes remaining.

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