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11 October 2016

Goals from Abraham (2), Swift, Onomah and Watmore...

England Under-21s ended their European Championship qualifying campaign in style with a thumping 5-0 win over Bosnia & Herzegovina at Walsall's Banks’s Stadium. 

Tammy Abraham scored twice, while John Swift, Joshua Onomah and Duncan Watmore also netted in a one-sided affair. 

After a bright start from Bosnia, the Young Lions went ahead on 14 minutes as Reading’s Swift hammered a dipping right-footed strike into the top corner from 25 yards. 

England doubled their lead four minutes later, when Abraham - on his full debut - acrobatically volleyed home after Kenan Piric could only parry Onomah’s venomous drive. 

Aidy Boothroyd’s side looked composed and controlled throughout and should have been awarded a penalty when Jack Grealish was tripped in the box. 

The Aston Villa man was then denied by Piric from a tight angle, while Jack Stephens directed a looping header over from a Watmore cross. 

Sunderland starlet Watmore had two opportunities to get his name on the scoresheet shortly after the half-hour mark. 

He first blasted over from 20 yards after linking up smartly with Abraham, before being denied superbly by Piric from point-blank range. 

The visitors could have pulled one back just before half-time, but Luton keeper Christian Walton produced an impressive one-handed save to tip over Armin Sadikovic’s powerful effort. 

England continued to dominate after the break and made it 3-0 on 49 minutes, Onomah drilling into the bottom corner from 15 yards after Bosnia were unable to clear their lines. 

The rampant hosts added a fourth just past the hour mark, when Watmore coolly tucked home after latching onto Grealish’s delightful dinked pass. 

It could have been even better for the Young Lions, but Piric made a fine finger-tip stop to flick over Abraham’s bullet header from Brendan Galloway’s left-wing cross. 

England’s fifth goal didn’t take long to arrive, with Abraham calmly lifting the ball over the advancing Piric after being played through by Watmore.

The Young Lions were relentless and Dominic Iofra almost made it 6-0 in the closing stages when his effort was smothered by Piric. 

Attendance: 5,263

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