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Sunderland’s Duncan Watmore Wins Pen, Scores Then Assists in Sub Show For England

Sunderland’s Duncan Watmore Wins Pen, Scores Then Assists in Sub Show For England

Duncan Watmore is proving he’s more than good enough to be representing England after almost single-handedly leading their Under-21s side to a 3-1 victory over Switzerland.

With his side trailing 1-0 after Shani Tarashaj’s opener for the visitors, manager Gareth Southgate replaced Ruben Loftus-Cheek with the young Sunderland winger with 15 minutes to go.

And it didn’t take long for Watmore to inspire England to victory.

Just seven minutes after coming on, the former Hibs attacker won a penalty kick after being tripped by Swiss goalie Yvon Mvogo in the box.

James Ward-Prowse converted that spotkick before Watmore made it 2-1 with his deflected strike hitting the back of the net three minutes later.

And the scoring was complete in the 90th minute when Watmore skinned a Swiss centre-half on the left of the box before cutting across the touchline and passing back to Chuba Akpom for him to convert.

It was a super showing and one which should see him return to Sunderland high on confidence – as he looks to build on the six top team appearances he’s made for the club and the three Under-21 caps he now has.

As for England, the win saw them move three points clear in their 2017 European Championship qualifying campaign.

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