Scott a second-half substitute in win over Austria

ALEX SCOTT and England got off to a winning start in the Uefa U19 European Finals on Sunday evening with a 2-0 victory over Austria.

Alex Scott, right, and his teammates celebrate England's second goal in the win over Austria. (Picture via England Football, 30949029)
Alex Scott, right, and his teammates celebrate England's second goal in the win over Austria. (Picture via England Football, 30949029)

The Bristol City teen replaced Aston Villa’s Aaron Ramsey in the 60th minute as he helped the Young Lions to go top of their group.

Scott was named in the 21-man squad for the tournament last week and is one of only three players currently at a club outside the top flight to be included.

Carney Chukwuemeka opened the scoring for England on the stroke of half-time after a fine exchange with Spurs youngster Dane Scarlett led to him poking home from close range.

England U19s continued to dominate proceedings as Scarlett hit the post just a minute after the restart, before Aaron Ramsey’s effort on the rebound was denied by some acrobatic goal-line defending from Austria’s Omic.

The Young Lions doubled their lead midway through the second period, as just three minutes after Scott’s introduction Chukwuemeka would once again find his way past the Austrian backline before setting up Alfie Devine to strike into the top corner from just inside the box.

Former Barcelona first-teamer Yusuf Demir went close for Austria after England’s second, as his curling left-footed attempt crashed into the post.

Dortmund’s Jamie Bynoe-Gittens almost added to the scoresheet for England late on, as his long-range strike and one-on-one effort forced two smart stops out of Elias Scherf to keep it at 2-0.

The victory over Austria means that Ian Foster’s side go two points clear at the top of Group B after the first round of games, as Israel and Serbia drew 2-2 in their meeting on Sunday afternoon.

France and Italy both secured wins in their opening U19 Euros fixtures to go first and second in Group A respectively.

Scott and the rest of the Young Lions will play Serbia in their second group game tomorrow evening and victory for England would ensure a place in the last four of the competition.

Progression from Group B would also secure England qualification for the U20 World Cup, which is set to take place in Indonesia in 2023.

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