Gareth Southgate saw his England U21 side win 1-0 against Moldova. West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino grabbed the only goal at the Madjeski Stadium in a thrilling encounter. He will be hoping for more results like this if he wants to qualify for the 2015 European U21 Championships in Czech Republic.
Ever since Andre Wisdom had a thumping header beaten away by Moldova keeper Alexei Koshelev, England had stamped their authority on the game and you could only see one outcome.
On the 13th minute Berahino took advantage of a nice through ball by Spurs' Tom Carroll, and showed impressive speed and turned the defender with ease, before powering home an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net. From then on it was a case of how many.
After 45 minutes, surprisingly the score was still at 1-0. Carroll was denied from inside the box, Luke Shaw had a volley beaten away and Berahino had plenty of chances.
The same pattern followed in the second half, England having bags of possession, but couldn't find the back of the net, despite vast amounts of chances.
Wilfried Zaha missed a free header and Berahino went wide a couple of times, in what was a very lively debut for the youngster. He missed a sitter though, after latching on to a bouncing ball, taking it round the keeper, only to air swipe and miss the ball completely.
England went close in injury time when all Will Hughes had to do was place the ball into an empty net, but somehow it was amazingly saved off the line by Iurie Mirza.
One goal proved enough, in what was a satisfactory first game for the new boss Gareth Southgate.
ENGLAND U21 (4-2-3-1): Butland; Stones, Wisdom, Keane, Shaw; Chalobah, Ward-Prowse (Hughes 66min); Zaha, Carroll, Redmond; Berahino Todd (Kane 53). Subs not used: Long, Robinson, Dier, Ameobi.
Goal: Berahino 13.
Referee: Nikola Dabanovic (Montenegro).
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