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Egbo Stars In England Win

27 February 2014

Crystal Palace academy starlet Mandela Egbo played all 90 minutes as England under-17s defeated the Netherlands 2-0 in Lagos last night. 

The young Lions kicked-off their Algarve Tournament campaign in style against their Dutch counterparts, as goals from the impressive Josh Sims and Joshua Onomah handed England a deserved victory ahead of games with Portugal and Germany. 

And under-17s Head Coach John Peacock was delighted with his back four including Egbo, who played a key role in the win from his full back position.

Peacock told  "We didn’t have many days to prepare them to be honest, so we have had to prepare wisely.

"The focus has been on defending as a team from the front to the back and I thought they transferred that into the game really well. They stopped a talented Dutch team playing the way that they wanted to – which was trying to play through us – and remained focused.

"It is a nice springboard for us to go ahead in the week.

"Defending has maybe been a bit of an Achilles' heel for this group so we have spent a bit of time on that," Peacock added.

"But it showed the players that if you spend a bit of time working on it in training and take it on board, then it will have a positive effect."

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