Amario Cozier-Duberry provided an assist in his first start for the England u17s on Friday, to add to his goal earlier in the break.

Amario Cozier-Duberry with the Arsenal u18s (Photo by Dan Critchlow)
Amario Cozier-Duberry with the Arsenal u18s (Photo by Dan Critchlow)

Whilst most of the England youth sides ended their international over a week ago, the England u17s only started their camp last Saturday, with Arsenal’s Amario Cozier-Duberry joining up with the squad.

Cozier-Duberry has been in fine form for the Arsenal u18s this season, and he carried that into his England appearances.

First, the young midfielder made a substitute appearance against Armenia, which was also his debut for the u17 side. Within 10 minutes, he’d scored his first England u17 goal, heading home a cross from Travis Patterson.

Cozier-Duberry made another brief cameo appearance in England’s 1-0 win over Belarus, before getting his first start for the side against Slovakia on Friday.

England already had mathematical progression to the next stage of Euro u17 qualifications wrapped up, and perhaps that showed in a sloppy first half as they conceded a two-goal lead.

Fortunately, substitute Emre Tazgel converted a penalty to halve the deficit 20 minutes from time, before Cozier-Duberry set up an 88th-minute equaliser to tie the game.

The draw meant England topped the group with seven points, and they now move onto the next stage – the Elite round of qualifiers.

Cozier-Duberry has two goals and three assists in his first six games of the u18 Premier League campaign, after finishing last season with a goal and an assist in his last two appearances for the side.

The u18s ended their eight-game unbeaten run in Cozier-Duberry’s England absence, so they’ll be glad to have him back for the next match.