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Marcus Edwards chases UEFA U19 glory with Young Lions

Posted on 15 July 2017  - 10:00

Marcus Edwards can emulate his Spurs team-mates by helping England to international glory this evening.

Marcus celebrates the dramatic late winner in the semi-final against the Czech Republic with goalscorer Lukas Nmecha (12)Marcus in the middle the celebrations against the Czech Republic

The Academy graduate is with the Young Lions in Georgia as they take on Portugal in the final of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship.

Marcus, 18, part of our Development Squad and with a first team debut under his belt last season, has certainly played his part in England's progress.

He started the group opener and played 83 minutes in a 2-0 win against Bulgaria.

On the bench for the second group match, Marcus entered the fray against Holland with 13 minutes remaining and set-up the winner, beating his man on the right before delivering a cross that was eventually turned home by Forest's Ben Brereton.

Below: Marcus (centre) with the Under--19 squad after the dramatic semi-final win against the Czech Republic

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Marcus was an unused substitute as England put old rivals Germany to the sword 4-1 in the final group match to book a place in the semi-final.

The attacking midfielder stepped up in that semi-final against the Czech Republic on Wednesday. Starting on the bench again, Marcus came on in the 69th minute and again created the only goal of the game, a lightning burst down the right before crossing for City's Lukas Nmecha to backheel home a dramatic winner in added time.

The final is at the Tengiz Burjanadze Stadium in Gori kicking-off at 5pm UK time.

Marcus hopes to follow in the footsteps of a number of team-mates who have tasted success this summer. Josh Onomah and Kyle Walker-Peters were part of the England squad that won the FIFA U20 World Cup, Japhet Tanganga was in the Under-20 squad that won the Toulon Tournament in France and Tashan Oakley-Boothe, Timothy Eyoma and Reo Griffiths reached the final of the UEFA U17 Championship. England also reached the final of the UEFA U21 Championship.