Newcastle midfielder Dan Gosling gained his third cap for the England U21 side as they beat Israel 4-1 in a friendly on Monday night.
Dan Gosling – third cap for England U21s
The 21-year-old former Plymouth and Everton player started for England at Barnsley’s Oakwell on Monday night, in front of just over 9,000 fans, and he played for 62 minutes before being replaced.
So it was a good run-out for the Newcastle midfielder, and will help to get him match-fit to play more for Newcastle.
England surprisingly went behind in the first half after Israel were dominant in the first 45 minutes, and the visitors went in front on 25 minutes with a fast break that led to a goal from Mohammad Klibat, who sent in a left foot shot beyond England goalkeeper Ben Amos and into the net.
And then just five minutes later Israel captain Nir Bitton went close with a shot that flashed just wide of the post.
But second half goals from Martyn Waghorn, Marvin Sordell, Nathan Delfouneso (penalty) and Henri Lansbury, were testament to an excellent comeback by the young England side, as they maintained the momentum from their Euro 2013 Qualifying win over Azerbaijan last Thursday night.
This was the first time Gosling has started for the England U21 side with his other two appearances being as a substitute.
Once Dan gets fully fit and match sharp, he should be pushing for a starting position in the midfield on Tyneside.