West Bromwich Albion's Craig Dawson made it an England Under 21 debut to remember, as his two headers helped beat Azerbaijan at Vicarage Road.

Dawson's very first touch helped the Three Lions on their way after four minutes, and the former Rochdale defender completed his double in the 89th minute with another perfectly directed header.

It was the perfect start to Dawson's career with the Under U21s, at the start of a season that the youngster calls one of his biggest.

"It was a great experience for me and a great start to our qualifying campaign," he said.

"If my team-mates put great balls into the box like Henri did tonight, you've got to attack them and it was nice to get two goals.

"Every season is a big one and this one is especially big for me at West Brom."


The 6ft 2in defender made his competitive debut for The Baggies in the club's 4-1 victory over Bournemouth, a reward for the 21-year-old's sterling pre-season form, where he scored his first goal of the season against Bristol City.

Young Lions boss Stuart Pearce said: "I thought Dawson did well in his first game getting two goals and he looked a real threat from set-plays.

"I am hoping that everyone in the squad has got a big future. There are expectations on all young England players, but it's important that we keep building them at club and international level.

"All of them have got good talent. They would not be in the Under-21 squad if they didn't and it is a case of nurturing that and growing it."

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