The England u17s were knocked out of the Syrenka Cup at the semi-final stage, with Myles Lewis-Skelly and Ethan Nwaneri featuring in both games at the event.
15-year-old Arsenal midfielders Myles Lewis-Skelly and Ethan Nwaneri continue to impress above their age group for club and country, and both were called up to the England u17s for the current international break.
The duo started together against the Czech Republic in the opening game, with Lewis-Skelly playing just over an hour and Nwaneri playing 84 minutes of a 3-0 win.
That set up a semi-final match against Norway, for which Lewis-Skelly returned to the starting lineup whilst Nwaneri dropped to the bench.
Lewis-Skelly completed the first half, but he came off at the break as former Arsenal coach and current England u17 boss Ryan Garry decided to make a change at 1-0 down.
Garry then introduced Nwaneri with half an hour to go, but it wasn’t enough to turn the tide, and England ended up eliminated from the competition with a 2-1 defeat.
England made wholesale changes for the semi-final, with Lewis-Skelly one of just two players to start both matches. Perhaps that decision was made with a potential final in mind, as it would be difficult to play the same team in all three fixtures.
Unfortunately, the rotated side couldn’t match the impressive opening-game performance against the Czech Republic, and the tournament came to an early end.
With the wind taken out of their sales, England then suffered a 5-0 thrashing by Poland in the third-place play-off.
All the same, it will have been a good experience for Nwaneri and Lewis-Skelly to go out and compete against international players in an older age group once again. They’ll hope to remain in the side as England compete for a place at next summer’s u17 Euros.