danny rose

Youngsters in action

by Stuart Vose

International caps for Rose, Wickham, Pickford and Egan.

Danny Rose and Connor Wickham helped England’s under-21s to a key win in Azerbaijan last night.

Rose played the full 90 minutes while Wickham appeared as a 69th-minute substitute in Baku.

Goals in either half from Steven Caulker and Jonjo Shelvey kept the Three Lions two points clear of their Euro 2013 qualifying group.

Stuart Pearce’s side take on second-placed Norway in Chesterfield on Monday night in a crunch clash which will decide the group winners.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford played 75 minutes of the under-19s’ 3-1 defeat to Germany in Hamburg.

And defender John Egan featured for the Republic of Ireland’s under-21s in Hungary as Noel King’s side suffered a 2-1 reverse.

The defeat in Kecskemet ended the Republic’s hopes of qualification for Euro 2013.