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International update

Posted on 27 May 2010  - 12:00

Dean Parrett scored the only goal of the game as England Under-19s got their European Championship Elite Qualifying Round campaign off to a winning start against the Republic of Ireland in Ukraine.

International update

Dean Parrett scored the only goal of the game as England Under-19s got their European Championship Elite Qualifying Round campaign off to a winning start against the Republic of Ireland in Ukraine.

The 18-year-old midfielder netted direct from a free-kick with 37 minutes gone after Blackburn's Phil Jones was fouled just outside the box.

Dean started the game, along with defender Steven Caulker, and both John Bostock and Andros Townsend were introduced from the bench in the second half.

Winger Andros could have doubled his side's lead when his late shot hit the post and rebounded to safety, but Dean's strike proved enough.

The Young Lions now face two more games in this round, with Bosnia-Herzegovina next up on Friday.

Elsewhere last night, Luka Modric's Croatia were held to 0-0 friendly draw in Estonia, while Giovani Dos Santos was a second half substitute as Mexico were beaten 2-1 in Holland.

On Tuesday night, Sebastien Bassong came off the bench at half-time as Cameroon's friendly in Georgia ended goal-less, while Robbie Keane captained the senior Republic of Ireland side to a 2-1 win over Paraguay in Dublin.

Next up, Wilson Palacios is in action for Honduras in Belgium on Thursday, before Keano and the Republic face more World Cup opposition in the shape of Algeria on Friday.

The weekend sees Sebastien, and possibly Benoit Assou-Ekotto, in action again, this time against Slovakia on Saturday, before England face Japan in Austria on Sunday, with six Spurs players in the squad.