Two members of the Chelsea team that won the FA Youth Cup last season were in international action on Tuesday, as qualification tournaments began ahead of next summer’s European Under-19 Championship in Lithuania.
Nathan Ake (pictured), who was also part of the Netherlands Under-17 side that won the European Championships for that age group back in May, played 72 minutes for the Dutch U-19s and scored the second goal in a comprehensive 5-0 win over Malta in Poland.
Striker Islam Feruz played the whole match but didn’t score in Scotland U-19s’ 4-0 win over Armenia but he played a major part in creating the second goal. The Scots have the advantage of playing their tournament at home. Alex Davey, who is also part of the Scotland squad, didn’t take part due to a hamstring injury.