Robinson reaches U17 EUROs with England


A trio of Southampton's Academy youngsters featured for their nations over the March international break, as Jay Robinson helped England qualify for this summer's European Championships.

Robinson maintained his place in the Under-17s squad, as they played in the Elite Round of qualifying.

Greg Lincoln's side breezed through the first two games, beating Northern Ireland 5-1 and Hungary 5-0 at St. George's Park.

Robinson was introduced as a late sub in the first game and watched from the bench for the Hungary clash.

Saints' winger came off the bench late on again in the third qualifying game, and came close to finding an impressive equaliser but England fell to a 2-1 defeat against France.

This meant that the Young Lions finished second in their group, but still did enough to reach the tournament finals in Cyprus.

Elsewhere in tournament qualifying, Ussumane Djaló featured for Portugal's Under-19s in their bid to reach this summer's U19 EUROs.

The Saints loanee started in their opening victory against Greece, and came on from the bench as Portugal beat Serbia to claim maximum points from their first two games.

However, Djaló was an unused sub in the final game, a defeat against Denmark, which knocked Portugal out and saw the Danes progress to the final tournament in Northern Ireland.

Finally, Joe O'Brien-Whitmarsh started for the Republic of Ireland in their friendly double header against Slovakia, but was withdrawn early in the first clash and rested for the second as a precaution.

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