ENGLAND Under-21s made light work of the Auld Enemy on Friday to take another step towards European Championship qualification with a 3-1 victory.
Josh Onomah scored the first in spectacular fashion and Tammy Abraham added the second before Dominic Solanke made sure of the points late on after Chris Cadden had pulled one back for Scotland.
Onomah was the one who broke the deadlock with only 13 minutes on the clock in stunning fashion.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner was cleared to the Tottenham youngster, currently loaned out to Aston Villa, and he controlled it on his chest before thumping the ball from 25 yards into the top corner on the half-volley.
They almost doubled their advantage moments later as Swansea’s on-loan Chelsea hotshot Tammy Abraham was denied by the woodwork.
Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin whipped a cross in which the giant striker caught with his outstretched foot, but his effort rebounded back off the post.
The Young Lions remained firmly in control and had the visitors on the back foot for the rest of the half, but the closest they came to adding to their lead was when Dominic Solanke headed over from a Alexander-Arnold free-kick on the stroke of the break.
However, four minutes into the second period Aidy Boothroyd’s did double their advantage from the penalty spot.
Spurs full-back Kyle Walker-Peters showed a great turn of pace to burst towards the byline and pull the ball back across goal.
Abraham reacted quickest to steal possession before he was sent tumbling to the ground by John Souttar.
But he recovered to slot home the second and send goalkeeper Ryan Fulton the wrong way.
Calvert-Lewin was next to come close for England on the hour mark as he turned a defender inside out before his inswing curling effort from the left was palmed away by Fulton.
Clearly still on a high from his stonking striker earlier, Onomah pulled the trigger again from similar distance but failed to connect properly as the Scottish stopper collected easily.
But England were made to sweat for their victory as Scotland got themselves back into it with just over ten minutes to go as Chris Cadden pulled one back.
However, Solanke would ease those nerves within 60 seconds to ensure the victory.
Onomah slipped an inch-perfect pass for Abraham to beat t he offside trap and go clear on goal, and as the ‘keeper came to meet him he passed it sideways for his former Chelsea team-mate to tap into an empty net.
England now travel to Andorra for their next qualifier on Tuesday as group leaders with three points from their opening three matches.
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