Goal of the day: Jonjo Shelvey (England U-21) vs Scotland U-21 | inside World Soccer

England U-21 midfielder Jonjo Shelvey scored a cracking goal en route to a 6-0 thrashing of Scotland U-21 in Sheffield on Tuesday.

Jonjo Shelvey celebrates with England U-21 teammates after scoring against Scotland U-21
Jonjo Shelvey celebrates with England U-21 teammates after scoring against Scotland U-21

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The encounter at Bramall Lane is the Young Lions' first fixture since their dismal European Championship campaign in June, which saw them beaten in all three of their games without scoring a goal from open play.

With Stuart Pearce having lost his job in the wake of that debacle and the post still being vacant, senior boss Roy Hodgson took charge for the international friendly and was treated to an encouraging goal-laden display.

Nathan Redmond opened the scoring after three minutes before Raheem Sterling added the second goal in the 38th minute.

Goals from Connor Wickham and Ross Barkley made it 4-0 ten minutes after the restart as England then put themselves well and truly out of sight.

And Shelvey, arguably the most influential player on the pitch, capped off a fine night for him with the best goal of the evening a minute later.

The Swansea City player got the ball on the edge of the box after more pressure from England and pulled the trigger.

From the moment it left his right foot, his 30-yard strike was destined for only one place, and Scotland goalkeeper Jordan Archer was left helpless as the ball nestled into the top corner.

Substitute Tom Carroll completed the rout in the 61st minute after a mazy run from Redmond.


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