ENGLAND U18 2-0 ITALY (ONE CALL STADIUM)
Kick off 19:30 BST at The One Call Stadium
ENGLAND U18 2-0 ITALY U18
Long 3, Cole 68.
Luke Coddington @LukeCoddy_1
What a crowd as well by the way ! 5500!? #GoodAtmosphere
Sam Coulson @Sam_Coulson_6
Won 2-0 against Italy, loved every minute I was on the pitch thanks for all the support
1 Luke Coddington 46' - Middlesboro
2 Liam Grimshaw - Man Utd
3 Adam Webster - Portsmouth
4 John Swift(C) - Chelsea
5 Sam Coulson 53' - Stoke
6 Leo Chambers - West Ham
7 Isaac Hayden 61' - Arsenal
8 Jordan Ibe 69' - Liverpool
9 Devante Cole 68' 69' - Manchester City
10 Christopher Long 3' - Everton
11 Conor Grant 61' - Everton
12 Alistair Gordon 53' - Chelsea
13 Cameron Dawson 46' - Sheff Weds
14 Jacob Murphy 69' - Norwich
15 Josh Murphy 69' - Norwich
16 James Weir 61' - Manchester United
17 Luke Woodland 61' - Bolton W
1 Wladimiro Falcone - Sampdoria
2 Lorenzo Venuti 88' - Venezia
3 Filippo Costa - Verona
4 Alessandro Cannataro 69' - Inter Milan
5 Dario Del Fabro 89' - Cagliari
6 Luva Iotti - AC Milan
7 Diego Frugoli 60' - Empoli
8 Leonardo Capezzi 65' 80' -
9 Jonathan Alexis Ferrante 60' 89' - Fiorentina
10 Mattia Aramu - Torino
11 Luca Crecco - Lazio
12 Luca Maniero - Padova
13 Matteo Brumat 60' - Empoli
14 Michele Cortinovis 89' - Albinoleffe
15 Lorenzo Paramatti 89' - Inter Milan
16 Tiberio Velocci 80' - Torino
17 Stefano Romano 69' - Juventus
18 Thomas Pedrabissi 60' - Inter Milan
Lions victorious in Mansfield
Wednesday, 24 October, 2012
Goals from Chris Long and Devante Cole see win over Italy for U18s
By Nicholas Veevers in Mansfield
also video highlights here --->
England U18s made a winning start to the new season on a wet and windy night in Mansfield, where goals from Everton striker Chris Long and Manchester City's Devante Cole proved enough to see off a resilient Italian outfit.
Noel Blake's side, who usually play two games a season at this level to bridge the gap between the U17 and U19 Championships, were certainly tested by the Azzurrini and had to work hard for their victory.
But a goal in each half from Long and Cole saw the Young Lions successful and despite some first-half nerves as the Italians threatened, they could easily have made the scoreline greater in the later stages.
England almost made a dream start too, when the ball was played to Jordan Ibe straight from the kick-off. He outpaced Lorenzo Venuti down the left, before cutting the ball back to Long, whose slide-rule shot was blocked on the line by Dario Del Fabro within the first 30 seconds of the game.
The Goodison Park hotshot didn't have to wait much longer though, as two minutes later he was off the mark when Isaac Hayden's centre from the left picked him out completely unmarked in the six yard box, where he made no mistake to put England ahead.
Italy quickly got to grips with the conditions after their shaky start and were almost back level immediately, when Luca Crecco broke clear onto a long ball down the left before finding Diego Frugoli on the edge of the area. The winger's first-time shot with his left-foot was arrowing towards the top corner, only for Luke Coddington to make a fine save by tipping the ball over the bar.
The visitors had really put the early set-back behind them by now and went on to control large parts of the first half, but found Middlesbrough 'keeper Coddington in confident and controlling form without ever fully testing him aside from long-range attempts.
England, meanwhile, were finding it hard to supply the right service to Long and Cole, with possession squandered too often when looking to move forward and Blake would undoubtedly be asking his side for a second-half improvement.
He got that too, as England looked a more settled team after the break with better composure in possession and less of a tendancy to rush things through, with the likes of Leo Chambers and John Swift impressing as the ball was worked from defence to midfield.
With further changes made to see Alistair Gordon on at left-back and Adam Webster moved into the centre of defence, there was more fluency about the Young Lions' play and their presence as an attacking force increased.
And the killer second goal arrived just after the hour mark, when Ibe, Long and substitute James Weir combined on the edge of the Italian area to the send the latter clear into the box. His first attempt was blocked, but when it landed back at his feet, he rolled the ball into the six yard box where Cole had the simplest of tasks to roll it over the line.
There was a nice moment for Norwich City twins Josh and Jacob Murphy moments later as both were introduced at the same time to make their England bows in attack and the Young Lions ended the match in the ascendancy, with the substitutes all looking lively in the final third and a more solid feel to the defence.
With another U18 fixture in the new year, along with U19 qualifiers and matches to come, Blake has been given plenty of options here so will be quietly happy with the group, many of whom were new to international football until this game
Future England stars treat fans to 2-0 Italy win
IT MIGHT have been a damp, grey, misty day in north Nottinghamshire, but by night a treat was being served up for football fans in Mansfield.
International football was in town at the One Call Stadium. It was not the seniors, but the U18s, the future of English football, and the opportunity was grasped by the local public last night, with a 5,405-strong crowd being more than double what the Stags get in the Blue Square Bet Premier on match-days.
After all, the cream of English football, like Wayne Rooney, started their rise to the top by moving through the international ranks and the U18 development squad is no different.
And if the hunger is questioned of some of the current England squad, those already multi-millionaires, the same could not be said of this elite group of teenagers, whose ability was evident and the desire to impress, to win, all the more obvious in their play.
They know failure to make the most of their chance now and they could find a professional career deserts them, rather than being among the select few who go on to reach the dizzy heights of World Cups, such is the ruthlessness of the sport at this stage.
Despite the rain and wind, the national anthem blasting out over the tannoy had everybody revved up for the evening and within ten seconds, it was evident playing for the Three Lions was more than a proud moment for these teenagers.
From kick off Noel Blake's side broke at a pace not usually witnessed at the One Call Stadium, Jordan Ibe breaking to the left byline, pulling the ball back at speed for the onrushing Christopher Long, but his low drive was blocked in the six-yard box by Italy's Lorenzo Venuti.
Then, two minutes later, England were in front as Arsenal's Isaac Hayden fired in a ball from the left for Everton's Long to hammer home.
They might be young and make some mistakes, but they can also be so ruthlessly clinical too, the technical ability so evident in the Italians play too, as on seven minutes Diego Frugoli thundered a bending effort towards the top corner only for a stunning one-handed save from Luke Coddington.
From there, the Italians took control of the match to dampen the mood slightly as the first half went on and always looked the more likely to score before the break.
But it was England on 68 minutes who doubled their lead as Manchester City's Devante Cole, the son of Manchester United legend Andy Cole, showed the same predatory instincts to finish from close range after substitute James Weir had a shot saved before teeing up his team-mate for a simple finish.
It was his last action as well and England fans could be forgiven for thinking they were seeing double as Norwich City twins Jacob and Josh Murphy came on for the Three Lions, replacing Cole and Ibe.
Weir went close for the hosts before poor defending allowed Italy's Tiberio Velocci in on goal late on, but his dreadful pulled shot ensured there was no dampener put on England's night – and that of the Mansfield crowd.
A 2-0 England victory and maybe, just maybe, the Nottinghamshire public took their first glimpse of a future senior England star in the making.
England: Coddington (Dawson, 46), Grimshaw, Webster, Swift, Coulson (Gordon, 54), Chambers, Hayden (Weir, 60), Ibe (Josh Murphy, 69), Cole (Jacob Murphy, 69), Long, Grant (Woodland, 60).
Italy: Falcone, Venuti, Costa, Cannataro (Ramano, 69), Del Fabio, Iotti, Frugoli (Brumat, 60), Capezzi (Velocci, 80), Ferrante (Pedrabissi, 60), Aramu, Crecco. Subs: Maniero, Cortinovis, Paramatti.
Brooking recalls famous Cup match in 69
24th October 2012
Sir Trevor Brooking, the Football Association's director of football development recalls one of the most famous night's in Mansfield Town's history.
Sir Trevor was part of the West Ham side, which included a number of England's World Cup winning players, who lost 3-0 at Field Mill in the FA Cup Fifth Round. It is remembered as one of the Stags' greatest ever moments.
Speaking prior to tonight's England U18s international against Italy, hosted at the One Call Stadium, Sir Trevor recalled the day whilst speaking to http://www.mansfieldtown.net
Sir Trevor Brooking was speaking to our Head of Media & Communications Mark Stevenson
3,000 tickets sold for England
mansfieldtown.net, 22nd October 2012
We are pleased to have sold just over 3,000 tickets ahead of this Wednesday's international match at the One Call Stadium.
We are set to host our fourth international match in 44 years tomorrow night as England's U18s take on Italy in a 7.30pm kick off.
The game is expected to see in attendance England U21s manager Stuart Pearce and Sir Trevor Brooking, the FA's director of football development.
Tickets can still be purchased in advance for just £3 adults and £1 concessions (seats only for Quarry Lane and Ian Greaves Stand) and can be bought by calling our ticket line on 01623 482 482.
Otherwise, tickets can be bought on the night by paying on the turnstile (seats on the day of the match are available for the North Stand only).
Head Coach Noel Blake will take charge of the Young Lions again this season, in what is a non-competitive age group sandwiched in between UEFA competitions at U17 and U19 level.
Last season's U17s were unfortunate to miss out on a place in the European Championship Finals, reaching the Elite Round stage but the U18s matches will give many of those players a chance to continue their international education along with many new players who have emerged to catch the eye this season.
“It's a massively important age group for us,” revealed Blake.
“We only play two fixtures at this level per season, but it's an important age group for us because it throws up different situations and allows you to look at some of the late developers in the group along with an opportunity to look at those players from last year's U17s."
Previous international matches at Field Mill
11 May 1968 England V Scotland
Here is the front page of the programme
27 March 1995 England v Wales Centenary Shield U18
Here is the CHAD report
26 March 2004 Norway v Armenia in the UEFA U17 championship second qualifying round. This was a group match, the group comprised England, Iceland, Armenia and Norway. England played their matches at Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United and Doncaster Rovers and Gary Roberts, now of Mansfield Town, was in the England squad for the tournament.
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