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Kirby On England Under 18s Duty

2 September 2017

Nya Kirby was named in the England U18s starting eleven by manager Steve Cooper for their international friendly draw against Brazil on Friday evening.

The match finished 0-0 as the youngsters prepare for the FIFA U17 World Cup after finishing as runners up in the U17 European Championships recently.

After a closely fought opening period the home side had an opportunity to break the deadlock just before the break.  Angel Gomes won the side a corner but Kirby’s set piece wasn’t able to be converted.

Following a bright start to the second period by the visitors it wasn’t long before Cooper’s side were back pushing for the first goal.

Chances included one from Kirby forcing a save out of goalkeeper, Gabriel Brazao and then the Palace youngster was on the end of a ball forward from Gomes but he put his opportunity wide of the target.

The Young Lions may have had to settle for a draw after finishing the game ahead on chances but will take encouragement from their performance.

Both teams staged a practice penalty shoot-out after the draw and the home side took it 5-4.

Next up for the side is a match against South Africa at Leek Town for another friendly on Monday 4 September, before their U17 World Cup campaign gets underway in October.

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