Newcastle United striker Adam Armstrong scored a hat-trick as England’s Young Lions stuffed eight goals past Nigeria in their opening Continental Cup fixture in South Korea.
Patrick Roberts, the Manchester City starlet on loan at Celtic, scored twice, while Taylor Moore, Dominic Solanke and Callum Connolly were also on target in an emphatic win for Paul Williams’ team.
England are in Suwon for a mini-tournament also involving the hosts South Korea and Iran which sees them play three fixtures in the space of four days.
And they made an excellent start to their opening fixture against Nigeria when captain Moore, who moved from Lens to Championship side Bristol City over the summer, scored on 19 minutes.
Armstrong, who is spending the season on loan at Barnsley, doubled the advantage a minute later, before Solanke scored England’s third on 25 minutes.
A breathless eight-minute goal blitz was completed when Armstrong netted his second of the afternoon and England led by four at the break.
The goal rush continued in the second-half as Everton man Connolly and Roberts found the net within five minutes of the restart.
Nigeria responded, but Armstrong completed his hat-trick and made it seven in the 70th minute. And an eye-catching victory was concluded when Roberts added the eighth with a couple of minutes left.
England are back in action on Friday against South Korea, before they face Iran on Saturday.