England Under-20 1-1 France Under-20 highlights: Alex Scott limps off as young Lions draw in Marbella

Hello and welcome to today’s live match blog.

England Under-20s are looking to make it three wins out of three during the international break when they take on France in Marbella.

They began their campaign with a 2-0 win over Germany, with Alex Scott playing 70 minutes, before the Bristol City midfielder came on as a late substitute in a 4-2 win over the United States.

Nigel Pearson will cross his fingers that the 19-year-old returns to BS3 unscathed before the home game with Reading on Saturday, as Scott aims to continue to impress his country at youth level.

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Alex Scott injury scare

Here are more details on Alex Scott’s possible injury during England’s draw with France after he limped off in the 83rd minute of the game.

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Alex Scott limps off the field against France(Image: Fran Santiago – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

shining salvation

Matt Cox has just ensured that this game is likely to end in a draw as he darts brilliantly low to his right to avoid a header destined for the corner.

And there goes the full time whistle. Now we pray that Scott is okay after that challenge.

Scott is back down

A little worrying about this: he was not moving freely when he returned to the field and went back down to the ground with the physio.

His day is over, he’s been replaced and that will be a concern before Saturday. He walked off the court, albeit cautiously.

alex scott is down

That seems painful: he goes into a 50/50 challenge trying to defend his own box and falls to the ground. It seems to be his knee and he is receiving treatment from the physios…

He’s back and limping off the field, I think he’s okay to continue, but that was a scare.


Substitute Dane Scarlett breaks away in the box, fielded by Liam Delap, but drags his shot wide into the corner.

Big savings!

Matt Cox to the rescue as he steps off his line to make a one-on-one save at a pivotal moment in the game. Good goalkeeper to get off his line so quickly, but the Frenchman should have buried that.

almost a penalty

Scott’s heart would have been in his mouth for a brief moment as his opponent runs into the box from the left side – Scott sticks out a foot and the French striker falls under the challenge, but the appeals are diverted by the referee.

I’m not sure he had much on the ball with that.


What a player Aaron Ramsey is – he shows his pace to break into the box and opens his body looking for the far corner, but the French keeper is up to the task.

Close again! From the resulting corner, Chukwuemeka goes for the far corner, but his speculative effort simply goes past the post, narrowly missing the top corner.

Back on the move!

France get us going for the start of this second half, I don’t think there was any change at half-time, for England anyway.


There the whistle blows and this game is very well prepared for the break.

Goal England 1-1 France

The Equalizer – It’s a lovely midfield game with three players coming together before the striker runs towards goal.

He is too quick for the defense and selflessly blocks it for his teammate who puts it into the empty net with Matthew Cox out of his net.

alex scott reserved

He goes into the referee’s book five minutes before half time for dissent after Norton-Cuffy concedes a free-kick, which looked very harsh unless it was the Arsenal man shown the card. However, he was right in front of Scott, who didn’t look happy.

Scott hits the post!

So close but should score!

Harvey Vale with the delivery from the left and Scott just comes into the box. He is unmarked in the small area but his header returns to the right post and goes on goal.

He has his head in his hands, he knows it was a golden opportunity.

Chance for England

It’s Aaron Ramsey who latches on to a long ball over the defense and gets ahead of the goalkeeper, but can only push him off the goal. Chukwuemeka then blasts a shot out of the box into the keeper’s hands.

England are showing their dominance in this one, although it’s been a relatively quiet start for Scott.

Some French pressure

They are taking deliveries to the area which England is handling quite well at the moment.

Scott falls under a heavy challenge, but gets back on his feet. There’s always a nervous moment when he goes down and looks sore, but he’s the master at winning free throws; no other Championship player has more this season.

GOLLLLL England 1-0 France (Bashir-Humphreys)

An early preview!

It’s a free kick, right up the middle and Harvey Vale fires a brilliant shot into the box. He eludes the heads of the French players and Bashir-Humphreys runs back before bringing him down past the keeper.

What a start!

a first attack

It is France who moves it to the right and shoots it to the far post, but the number 19 cannot control it before the offside flag is raised.

Lots of French possession in the early stages, but it’s been a relatively slow start. Scott plays alongside Carney Chukwuemeka in midfield.

They were out

Scott starts off as a central midfielder in this game, unsurprisingly as he gets his first touch of the ball. He looks like he will be heavily marked by the French number 19 in possession.

national anthems

The two national anthems are being played just before kick-off.

A small confession: I’m looking at the comments in French, so I’m going to struggle a lot with names in this game, since I can’t say that my French is my forte.

the teams are out

Alex Scott, wearing number 4, is in a team group with the rest of his England team-mates ahead of kick-off here.

It looks absolutely beautiful in Marbella, it’s a shame I can’t say the same about the Bristol weather.


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