Ainsley Maitland-Niles started but played just under 30 minutes of England u20s’ 1-0 win over South Korea in their FIFA u20 World Cup group stage fixture.

The versatile midfielder, 19, was a second-half substitute during England’s win over Argentina last week but on his second successive start of the tournament, he came off with an ankle injury and was replaced by Chelsea’s Dominic Solanke.

The Three Lions have progressed through into the last-16 of the competition, having won Group A with seven out of a possible nine points.

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Maitland-Niles started as England u20s captain but received medical treatment and was unable to carry on after sustaining an ankle injury. (Picture source: Lars Baron / Getty Images)

However it’s a frustrating blow for the youngster to suffer, having impressed at u23 level for Arsenal this season.

Championship clubs have already been recently linked with a loan move for him this summer and he’ll be hoping to avoid any serious damage with a possible opportunity to continue establishing his quality next term.