An England Under-21 side featuring Josh McEachran got their Toulon Tournament campaign underway with a comfortable 3-0 win over Qatar.
Jordan Obita, Jake Forster-Caskey and Jordan Cousins scored the goals for Gareth Southgate’s side, who controlled the game for long spells and never looked in any danger.
The Three Lions took the lead on the half-hour mark through Reading’s Obita, who produced a lovely, low finish to break the deadlock.
McEachran, who started the match, almost extended their lead shortly after but his goal-bound strike was headed off the line. The Chelsea midfielder then saw another strike well saved by the goalkeeper low down to his left.
Nine minutes into the second half, however, it was 2-0 thanks to a stunning effort from Brighton’s Jake Forster-Caskey.
As the hour mark approached McEachran, who can be satisfied with his display, was replaced by Jordan Cousins, who put the seal on the win with virtually the last kick of the match.
Nathaniel Chalobah was an unused substitute.
The earlier game in Group B saw Brazil beat South Korea 2-0.
Chelsea’s Lucas Piazon came off the bench for the final eight minutes, with the game already won, replacing Alisson.
A goal in each half, from Thalles and Luan, had put the reigning champions in control of the contest, but it’s England who top the group on goal difference after the first round of fixtures.
The South American side are next in action on Saturday when they take on Colombia, while England’s next game is against Brazil on Monday night.
Elsewhere, it was a disappointing evening for Andreas Christensen as his Denmark Under-21 side were beaten 2-0 in a home friendly by Switzerland.
The Chelsea defender, 18, played the full 90 minutes for the hosts as they suffered a first defeat under manager Jess Thorup.