Benik Afobe tastes success in first England U-21 outing

Chris Brunskill

Arsenal youngster Benik Afobe, currently on loan at Bolton Wanderers, has just received his first England U-21 cap and he marked the occasion in style. Afobe, just 19 years old, came on as a 61st minute substitute as the U-21 Lions beat Northern Ireland's U-21s by a score of 2-0.

England's Conner Wickham, a Sunderland youngster, opened the scoring for his third goal in four games. Benik Afobe put the game away about 15 minutes after he came on after being put in on goal. Afobe was taken down by Northern Ireland's goalkeeper, Conor Devlin in the box. Devlin was having a hell of a game before that moment, stopping a number of very good England chances including a brilliant solo run by Thomas Ince.

Afobe stepped up to the spot to take the penalty that he earned and dispatched it to his right. The goalkeeper guessed the correct direction but couldn't get a hand on the ball. Hopefully, Afobe will take his international experience back to Bolton and turn it into goals for the Wanderers, something that he has been very shy with so far.

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