Sam Greenwood kept his excellent recent goalscoring record for the England youth teams going with a winner against Slovakia.

Sam Greenwood with England (Photo via Instagram / England)
Sam Greenwood with England (Photo via Instagram / England)

Facing the Slovakia u19s with the England u18s, Greenwood was handed the captain’s armband and in October. The striker took the responsibility on his shoulders and came up with the winning goal, scoring in the second half to make it 1-0.

The goal was assisted by another Arsenal academy product – Yunus Musah, now of Valencia.

The midfielder found himself out wide and cut the ball back for Greenwood in the centre of the box. The striker finished powerfully into the bottom-left corner of the net.

Since joining Arsenal in the summer of 2018, Greenwood has been consistently impressive for the England youth teams. He scored 12 goals in 14 games for the England u17s from September to May, before receiving a deserved promotion to the u18s.

Unfortunately, he missed the last international break with injury, so the current break is the first chance he’s had to join the u18 side. As you can see, he appears to be carrying his form up the ranks.

With Arsenal, Greenwood’s season has been a bit disrupted due to that injury, but he does have two goals in five u18 starts so far. He also recently came off the bench for the u23s to make his debut appearance.

The striker may need a bit of an adaptation period, after playing out wide for so much of last season.

With Folarin Balogun stepping up to the u23s, Greenwood is now expected to feature centrally, but he’s done that a lot for England and Sunderland in the past, so it shouldn’t be a big issue.