Josh Sims enjoyed a positive start to England Under-17s’ Euro 2014 Elite Round Qualifying campaign after a 1-0 victory over Czech Republic.
After being named in the Young Lions’ starting line-up against the Czechs following a sterling showing in last month’s Algarve tournament, the winger exhibited the same guile and pace as he has done for Saints’ Under-18s this season with darting runs past opposing defenders as early as the first minute.
With the score locked at nil-nil at half-time in Mestsky, Sims and the rest of the side pushed intensely after the restart for the lead and were rewarded for their efforts in the 53rd minute as Dominic Solanke tapped in from close-range after Izzy Brown hit the post.
Five minutes later, Sims exited to applause as he was replaced by Manchester United’s Demetri Mitchell.
The substitute came close with a 30-yard drive that whistled marginally wide before the Young Lions weathered a late storm from the qualifier hosts to see England through the clash.
Sims will now be hoping to feature in Friday’s qualifier against Albania – a match which will also take place in Mestsky.