Millwall loanee stars for England U21s in win over Sweden

© Nigel Cooke
© Nigel Cooke

MILLWALL loanee Adam Smith earned the praise of Blackpool winger Thomas Ince after inspiring England U21s to a 4-0 victory over Sweden on Tuesday night.

Smith set up the Young Lions' opening goal with a precise cross to the back post which Ince tucked away with ease after ten minutes of action at Walsall's Banks' Stadium.

And it was from the 21-year-old's deflected cross that Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey added a second goal, before Ince and substitute Conor Wickham struck as England ran out clear winners.

Asked after the game whether he had produced his best performance yet for the U21s, Smith told ESPN:  "It was up there. Personally, it was good for me to get two assists.

"It was difficult with the pitch and the conditions, but the gaffer (Stuart Pearce) said to go out and play and not make any excuses. That's what we did."

Ince, who will line up against Smith when the Lions travel to Bloomfield Road in the Championship on Saturday, said: "Adam has been fantastic and he has helped me a lot down the right-hand side.

"It makes my job a lot easier when I've got a full-back behind me who is just as attacking as I am. He gets up further than me and allows me to get into the box and score goals."

Elsewhere, Millwall goalkeeper David Forde has been named in the Republic of Ireland's starting XI for a friendly against Poland on Wednesday evening.



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