James Garner impresses in England under-21s win against Andorra

On his second appearance for the Young Lions, Manchester United loanee James Garner impressed in the 1-0 win against Andorra’s under-21 side.

The on loan Nottingham Forest midfielder came back into the side after being an unused substitute in the 2-2 draw against Slovenia on Thursday.

Garner was playing on the left of a midfield three alongside Thomas Doyle and Conor Gallagher as Lee Carsley deployed a 4-3-3 formation.

In the 27th minute, Garner hit a first time effort on the edge of the box which looked to be heading into the bottom corner but was pushed round the post for a corner by the Andorra goalkeeper.

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The 20-year-old showed his creative qualities in the second half by picking out Rhian Brewster in the penalty area, but the Sheffield United man’s first time effort went wide and he missed a glorious chance to open the scoring.

Garner was replaced by Liverpool’s Curtis Jones, who set up Emile Smith Rowe for the winner, in the 57th minute.

Former Manchester United wonderkid Angel Gomes made his Young Lions debut after coming off the bench in the 65th minute.

Solid night’s work for James Garner

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Garner had 52 touches and completed 36 of his 44 attempted passes (82%). He completed four of his attempted six long passes and made two tackles (SofaScore).

England now have seven points from three games ahead of next month’s match against Czech Republic which could see Garner come against United academy teammate Matej Kovar.

Garner’s immediate focus will be getting himself back in the Forest starting line-up for the home clash against Blackpool on Saturday, after coming off the bench in the 3-0 win against Tahith Chong’s Birmingham City in the last match before the international break.

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