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Lee Carsley’s side struggled to create against the minnows and were reduced to ten men when Rhian Brewster was sent off before Smith Rowe scored the game-winning goal at the break.

The Young Lions worked very hard for themselves throughout the first half. Cole Palmer saw a saved and well-tied shot with Tino Livramento on the right, but everyone seemed to be playing in slow motion.

Andorra sat well and defended well, but was hardly ever dragged out of position.

England picked up the pace after the break as Palmer saw an effort cleared from the line before Brewster and Marc Guehi sent wide and high efforts respectively.

Things turned from bad to worse when Brewster, who was on the verge of being replaced by Arsenal’s Folarin Balogun, received a red card after a second yellow for an alleged very hard nudge.

There would have been quite a cry of relief on the English bench as, from an Andorran corner, substitutes Curtis Jones broke and carried the ball well before a perfectly synchronized pass to Smith Rowe. Its finish was composed and guided low in the lower corner.

Here’s how Jack Rosser rated the Young Lions …

The guard was a spectator all night.

Was one of the only players to show some intention in the first half, having a good connection with Palmer.

Completely serene all night long.

Has not been tested in the back once but could have done better with a head in the other box in a corner.

Did not offer enough to go ahead and took a silly reservation.

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Did not bring his usual energy and frankness on the ball, some nice runs in the ball area.

Placed a good cross for Brewster just before he was sent off but offered nothing else before.

Some nice passes but didn’t have too much of an impact on the game.

England’s best player and weirdly substituted when they needed a goal. A pleasure to watch and very confident on the ball.

Emile Smith Rowe scores England winner

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Not up to his usual standards in the first half, but a good run and a nice finish for the game-winning goal and was England’s biggest threat following Palmer’s withdrawal.


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