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England Under-21s face fascinating cross-channel clash with France

| 17.11.2014

England Under-21s finish their double-header of international friendlies with a headline battle in bitter rivals France’s backyard and, are 2/1 with Coral to taste victory.

Gareth Southgate’s Young Lions can extend their excellent run of 11 matches unbeaten if they avoid defeat against their French foes, and must be feeling bullish after beating Portugal 3-1 last time out.

Burnley striker Danny Ings was the star of the show against the Navigators, bagging a brace at club ground Turf Moor, so fans will be hopeful the in-form frontman can now transfer his form to foreign soil.

At 8/1 to score two or more again against Les Bleus, Ings will once more have the support of Tom Ince and Nathan Redmond, his two assistants last time out, who will be aiming to cause havoc on the wings.

Confident coach Southgate has been singing the praises of his options up front, stating: “We’ve got three strikers playing in the Premier League, which is a great position to be in, and they’re all slightly different.

“You need goals in your team, you can’t guarantee that everyone will be fit and ready for the summer. So the more we are able to bring others in and give them that experience the better.”

Harry Kane is still the Young Lions’ most ferocious forward in the absence of Saido Berahino, who was elevated to the senior squad, after netting 10 times in all competitions for Tottenham this term.

Despite starting on the bench against Portugal, the Spurs starlet is 6/1 to get back to business by opening the scoring against France, and etch his name into the rich history of this encounter.

Derby’s attacking midfield maestro Will Hughes was also almost on target last time out and, whilst the 20-year-old did rack up an assist for Carl Jenkinson, he is 7/1 to find the net anytime himself.

England’s opponents Les Bleus also have plenty of potential waiting in the wings, and have seen youngsters such as Lucas Digne and Kurt Zouma step up to the senior squad in recent times.

France are 5/4 favourites to triumph in front of their home fans, despite failing to secure qualification to the 2015 Under-21 European Championships next summer after being defeated by Sweden.

Les Blues will be looking to bounce back in style against the Young Lions in Britanny, and with emerging Marseille midfield talent and apparent Arsenal target Florian Thauvin (5/4 to net anytime after grabbing six goals in nine caps) in the squad, they will certainly pose plenty of attacking threat.

Current Gunners forward Yaya Sanogo led the line for France last time out, and is available at 5/1 to open scoring, whilst rampant Rennes winger Paul-Georges Ntep, who found the net against the Azzurri is also 5/1to be on target last and trouble England.



Holly Thackeray

Holly is a member of the content team, and can often be found on the sports desk writing about favourite topics Serie A and East Asian footballing nations. A recent darts convert, she is also a fully-fledged member of Barney's Army and a proud Leeds-born Manchester United fan.