Folarin Balogun scores as England U21 beat Germany

Arsenal youngster Folarin Balogun continued his encouraging start to the season as he scored in England U21s’ 3-1 victory against their Germany counterparts at Bramall Lane tonight.

Balogun has impressed on loan at Reims in the early stages of the campaign and he looked full of confidence as he produced an encouraging overall display.

Felix Nmecha put Germany ahead but Balogun equalised as he showed impressive composure by finishing with an effort that went in off the post.

Conor Gallagher put England ahead shortly after the break, with substitute Cole Palmer adding a third goal late on.

Balogun had a couple of other opportunities and forced a corner on one occasion, but the 21-year-old demonstrated that there is much more to his game than just goalscoring, with his hold-up play also being of a high standard, while he didn’t shy away from helping out the defence before being replaced in the 70th minute.

Following his latest strike, Balogun now has seven goals in 13 games for England U21s, although he still has some way to go if he is to surpass Eddie Nketiah’s record of 16 goals at this level.

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3 comments

  1. When Flo returns next season he won’t be an U21 anymore so he’ll either have to be included in the 25 man squad if Arteta sees him as a part of his plans or loaned out again?

  2. Nketiah, Balogun, Moller, Biereith, Edwards, Butler-Odejji, when will next produce a centre forward to play regular for the first team.

    Even keepers, centre backs and defensive midfielders. Seems the club have a problem in developing the spine from academy to 1st team.

    Yet attacking midfielders and wingers qe seem to produce in abundance by comparison.

    Would love to know your thoughts? I guess that its hard to predict, the physicality of players development and those positions are definitely more physical

    1. It’s very difficult with strikers unless they’re an exceptional young talent as players are usually brought in from elsewhere. With centre-backs sometimes it’s too much of a risk to play an academy player

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