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Bellingham stars amongst Blues' international quintet

Jude Bellingham scored twice for England Under-17s over the weekend.

Buzzing to have captained the lads to a 4-2 win tonight vs Austria. Nice to have grabbed another goal.

Jude Bellingham

As captain, Jude Bellingham yesterday led England Under-17s to the final of the Syrenka Cup, notching his second international goal in three days in the process.

After scoring off the bench in a 5-0 thrashing of Finland on Friday, the Blues midfielder was handed the skipper's armband for the Young Lions' next game against Austria.

Kevin Betsy's side recovered from going behind early on, scoring three times in a manic eight-minute goal spree just before half-time on the way to winning the match 4-2.

Bellingham pounced to grab his country's third in the 44th minute, following up after the Austrian goalkeeper had denied two-goal hero Liam Delap.

The 16-year-old Blues starlet made way for Chelsea's Xavier Simons after 73 minutes, but it proved to be an afternoon to forget for his replacement who picked up two quick yellow cards and was sent off in the dying stages of the game.

Bellingham tweeted afterwards: "Buzzing to have captained the lads to a 4-2 win tonight vs Austria. Nice to have grabbed another goal."

England Under-17s now face their Polish hosts in the final of the tournament tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon, kick-off 3pm.

Elsewhere over the last few days, four other Blues youngsters added to their collection of international caps.

Caolan Boyd-Munce and Ryan Stirk made their first appearances at Under-21 level for Northern Ireland and Wales respectively.

Boyd-Munce started for his country in their UEFA U21 home qualifier against Malta at The Showgrounds in Ballymena on Friday.

The midfielder, who previously represented his country three times at Under-19s level, had one of the numerous chances that his side created during the game, but he fired wide as the opening group fixture ended goalless.

Northern Ireland have another qualifier away in Oulu tomorrow, kick-off 5pm, playing a Finland side that won their first group game 2-0 against Ukraine.

Stirk, the holder of eight Under-19s caps, also made the step up to the next age level on Friday, albeit a brief taste on what was a memorable evening for the Welsh as they pulled off a shock 1-0 win over Belgium.
 
Manchester City's Brennan Johnson scored the game's only goal very early on, with Stirk introduced in the 86th minute to help Paul Bodin's charges see out the result and kick off their Euro campaign with a victory at Wrexham.

Wales Under-21s are back at the Racecourse Ground again tomorrow evening for another tough group game at home to Germany, kick off 7pm.

Meanwhile, Geraldo Bajrami played the full 90 minutes for Albania Under-21s on Thursday as they were defeated 4-0 by France in a friendly fixture, Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard scoring twice on his debut for the home side.

It was Bajrami's third appearance for his country – and this afternoon he'll be hoping to earn his fourth as Albania continue their Euro 2020 U21 qualifying campaign at home to Austria, kick-off 3pm.     

Also on international duty today is Blues keeper Zach Jeacock. He made his England Under-19s debut on Thursday in a 3-1 win over Greece at St. George's Park in Burton, and Paul Simpson's squad subsequently flew out to Germany where they play the host country in a friendly this afternoon, kick-off 4pm.

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