The England under-21s’ victory over Austria on Tuesday night may have gone under the radar somewhat amid the senior team’s tepid goalless draw away to Denmark in the UEFA Nations League, but the match in Ried is one which Tariq Lamptey will remember for some time.
The Brighton right-back was given his England under-21 debut in the 2-1 win in Austria, with goals from Eddie Nketiah and Ben Godfrey taking Aidy Boothroyd’s side closer to qualification for next year’s European Under-21 Championship.
Lamptey played an important role in the win, making a timely block to deny Patrick Schmidt when the Barnsley youngster looked set to open the scoring in the first half (as per thefa.com).
After the match, the 19-year-old took to Instagram (via @tariq_lamptey) to reflect with happiness on making his Young Lions bow.
Unsurprisingly, several of Lamptey’s England colleagues offered their congratulations, as did many of his 125,000 followers. Brighton’s team-mates Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Mat Ryan also expressed their delight with the youngster’s debut, with the Iran winger hailing him as a “baller” and the goalkeeper saying that the call-up was “deserved”.
Since leaving Chelsea in January, the teenager has carved out a regular place at right-back in Graham Potter’s first team at the Amex Stadium, making seven starts towards the end of last season and earning plaudits from his manager, team-mates and pundits alike.
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Brighton sanctioned the departures of two right-backs in Ezequiel Schelotto and Martin Montoya in the summer transfer window, a clear sign that Lamptey is seen as the answer in that position for the foreseeable future.
If he can pick up where he left off in 2019/20, the 19-year-old is a strong contender to make England’s squad for next year’s European Under-21 Championship finals – and senior caps may even be within reach if he maintains his impressive progress.
Brighton fans, were you delighted to see Lamptey making his England under-21 debut in midweek? Comment below with your views!
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