Rhian Brewster has scored three goals in 17 appearances for England’s U21s

Rhian Brewster scored twice inside the opening five minutes as England Under-21s defeated Italy in a friendly in Pescara.

Brewster, 22, placed a third-minute penalty into the bottom corner after Edoardo Bove fouled Conor Gallagher.

The Sheffield United forward doubled the lead with a delicate chipped finish following Angel Gomes’ through ball.

Italy finished the match with 10 men as captain Nicolo Rovella was sent off after receiving a late second booking.

England went close to extending their advantage but Chelsea midfielder Gallagher was denied by a last-ditch block from Caleb Okoli, while defender Levi Colwill hit the post with a header from a corner in first-half injury time.

Lee Carsley’s side, who secured qualification in June for next summer’s European Under-21 Championship, will next play Germany in a friendly at Bramall Lane on Tuesday at 19:45 BST.


Italy U21

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Plizzari
  • 15Okoli
  • 4Scalvini
  • 14VitiSubstituted forCittadiniat 45′minutes
  • 16CambiasoSubstituted forBellanovaat 68′minutes
  • 8BoveSubstituted forFagioliat 45′minutes
  • 10RovellaBooked at 86mins
  • 18MirettiSubstituted forVignatoat 68′minutes
  • 13ParisiSubstituted forUdogieat 45′minutes
  • 23CambiaghiSubstituted forEspositoat 45′minutes
  • 11PellegriSubstituted forColomboat 28′minutes


  • 2Bellanova
  • 3Udogie
  • 5Pirola
  • 6Canestrelli
  • 7Colombo
  • 9Moro
  • 12Caprile
  • 17Ranocchia
  • 19Esposito
  • 20Vignato
  • 21Sorrentino
  • 22Turati
  • 24Fagioli
  • 25Cittadini
  • 26Ruggeri

England U21

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Bursik
  • 15Cresswell
  • 5Harwood-BellisSubstituted forMbeteat 90+3′minutes
  • 4ColwillSubstituted forThomasat 71′minutes
  • 12SpenceSubstituted forAaronsat 71′minutes
  • 20GomesBooked at 17minsSubstituted forDoyleat 71′minutes
  • 6SkippBooked at 69minsSubstituted forGarnerat 71′minutes
  • 3R SessegnonSubstituted forGordonat 71′minutes
  • 23PalmerSubstituted forElliottat 72′minutes
  • 7BrewsterBooked at 14minsSubstituted forBalogunat 72′minutes
  • 10GallagherSubstituted forJ Ramseyat 72′minutes


  • 2Aarons
  • 8J Ramsey
  • 9Balogun
  • 11Gordon
  • 13Griffiths
  • 14Garner
  • 16Mbete
  • 17Thomas
  • 18Doyle
  • 19Elliott
  • 21McAtee
  • 22Trafford
  • 24Morton

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