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Bellingham captains England Under-17s to cup success

Jude Bellingham captained the Young Lions to victory in Poland.
Jude Bellingham captained the Young Lions to victory in Poland

Bellingham certainly played his part in ultimately lifting the trophy, after scoring a goal against both Finland and Austria on the way to the final.

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Jude Bellingham led England Under-17s to victory in the Syrenka Cup in Poland.

In a closely fought final between the Young Lions and their Polish counterparts on Tuesday evening, England came out on top in a penalty shoot-out after the game had ended 2-2.

The Young Lions had reached the final of the mini tournament with victories over Finland and Austria.

Bellingham played the full match, but wasn't required to take a spot kick.

England made the best possible start to the game as they raced into 2-0 lead within the opening 10 minutes thanks to goals from Harvey Elliott and Jamal Musiala.

But the hosts hit back with a brace of their own before the break to level proceedings.

England upped the ante after the break and fashioned several opportunities; including a neat volleyed effort from Bellingham which was saved, but were unable to add to the scoreline.

England goalkeeper Coniah Boyce-Clark ultimately proved to be the difference as he saved two Polish penalties, to help the Young Lions to a 3-1 success.

Bellingham certainly played his part in ultimately lifting the trophy, after scoring a goal against both Finland and Austria on the way to the final. And he was subsequently named player of the tournament.

Elsewhere yesterday, young Blues professionals Caolan Boyd-Munce and Ryan Stirk both picked up their second Under-21 international caps for Northern Ireland and Wales respectively.

Boyd-Munce started and played for 70 minutes as his country picked up another draw – 1-1 away to Finland, having been held 0-0 by Malta on Friday, in their UEFA Under-21 Championship qualifying group.

Meanwhile, Wales couldn't build on their successful start against Belgium on Friday, as they were beaten 5-1 by Germany in their second group game. Stirk couldn't be held responsible for his country's heavy defeat though – he was introduced off the bench on 66 minutes after all the goals had been scored.

On Monday, Geraldo Bajrami made his fourth appearance for Albania Under-21s as they lost 4-0 at home to Austria. The Blues defender played the full 90 minutes as his country still search for their first group win after two draws and two defeats.

Also on Monday, young Blues goalkeeper Zach Jeacock was an unused substitute for England Under-19s as they slipped to a narrow 1-0 defeat against Germany in a friendly fixture in Haiger.

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