Next 20 Round-Up: Rom after eight as Belgium win in style
Kick It Out’s ‘Next 20’ initiative involves players from across the Premier League, English Football League (EFL) and Women’s Super League, who represent the organisation as ambassadors and help to spread the key messages of equality and inclusion.
Ross Hobart provides the latest update from the 2016-17 season, as our ambassadors make their impression on the pitch during international weekend.
Romelu Lukaku completed 90 minutes and scored a brace as Belgium comprehensively beat Estonia 8-1 in their World Cup Qualifier. Goals from Thomas Meunier, Dries Mertens (2), Eden Hazard, Yannick Carrasco, Ragner Klaven (o.g) and Lukaku’s brace secured the three points for Roberto Martinez’s side and maintained their 100% record in Group H.
Nathaniel Chabolah and Nathan Redmond both featured for the England Under-21s on Friday (11 November) night, as Aidy Boothroyd’s side came from behind to beat Italy 3-2 at St Marys. Demarai Gray put the hosts ahead after six minutes, but his opener was cancelled out by two quick-fire goals from the Azzuri. Lewis Baker slotted in the equaliser on the hour mark, before Jack Stephens smashed in the winner in stoppage time to extend the Young Lions unbeaten run to 15 matches.
Gael Birigimana completed 90 minutes for Coventry City as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to League One leaders, Scunthorpe United. Josh Morris’ 15th goal of the season came ten minutes after the interval and proved to be the decisive goal that moves Graham Alexander’s side five points clear at the top.
Elsewhere, Daniel Powell was an unused substitute for manager-less Milton Keynes Dons, as they drew 1-1 with Walsall at Stadium MK.
In League Two, Wycombe Wanderers earned their first win in five matches, as they beat Morecambe 2-0 at Adams Park. Second-half goals from Luke O’Nien and Aaron Pierre secured the much needed three points for Gareth Ainsworth’s side and moves them up 16th in the table. ‘Next 20’ Ambassador Michael Harriman featured for the Chairboys.