England's U21s dispatched Sweden with ease last night thanks to a brace by Liverpool target Tom Ince along with singles from Jonjo Shelvey and Connor Wickham. Especially dominant in the first half thanks to the four Liverpool players in the starting eleven, Sweden proved unable to compete with the more physical and experienced English players from the first minute.
And as surprising as it is to see a Stuart Pearce side embracing attractive attacking football, with crisp passing and an uptempo pressure game that doesn't seem too far off what Brendan Rodgers preaches, that's quietly become the norm for England's U21s ever since Pearce put his faith in Jordan Henderson as his side's anchor.
On Tuesday night, then, and rather unsurprisingly for those who have kept track of England's U21s whether through national or club loyalties, that faith in Jordan Henderson as his captain and the man who drives the England U21 midfield paid off once again. Henderson only played the opening half, but while he was on England scored three times and could have had more—and he was involved in almost everything good that happened for the young internationals.
A compilation focusing only on his contributions would have taken up nearly as much time as the full match highlights, but then you might not get to see a bit of Jonjo Shelvey's solid night in the ten role as well as a pair of goals by likely summer target Tom Ince.