European U21 Championships qualifier: Ravel Morrison helps England U21s beat Lithuania
Last Updated: 15/10/13 11:58pm
Ravel Morrison: Celebrates his terrific second
Ravel Morrison's majestic display inspired England Under-21s to an impressive 5-0 victory against Lithuania as the West Ham midfielder's rise from bad boy to poster boy continues apace.
After years in which his off-pitch activities made the headlines, the 20-year-old is beginning to show just why Sir Alex Ferguson rated him among the most talented teenagers he had seen at Manchester United.
Fresh from netting an early contender for goal of the season in West Ham's 3-0 win at Tottenham, Morrison spent the international break with an England side for the first time in three years.
The midfielder made his Under-21s debut in last week's 4-0 win at San Marino and quickly made an impression in front of home supporters in Ipswich, opening the scoring inside two minutes after fine work by Wilfried Zaha down the left.
Lithuania were struggling to get to grips with Morrison, whose flurry of stepovers and dragbacks ended up in a free-kick at the edge of the box from which James Ward-Prowse scored his first goal for the Young Lions.
Gareth Southgate's side went further ahead in the 63rd minute when Saido Berahino netted his third goal in as many appearances, before Morrison came to the fore again.
Having won possession just inside the Lithuania half, the livewire midfielder burst between two defenders before fooling the goalkeeper with a stepover and slotting into the empty net.
Man-of-the-match Morrison was denied the chance of a hat-trick as Berahino netted from the spot in the 76th minute, although did not seem too annoyed as he applauded the West Brom striker's second.
He had a little disagreement with Zaha towards the end at Portman Road, although it by no means took the gloss off a fine individual and team performance.
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Tue 15th Oct - Group Eight
Azerbaijan U210 - 2Portugal U21
Norway U211 - 3Israel U21
Tue 15th Oct - Group One
Wales U214 - 0San Marino U21
Moldova U211 - 0Finland U21
England U215 - 0Lithuania U21
Tue 15th Oct - Group Four
Albania U210 - 1Bosnia U21
Tue 15th Oct - Group Six
Rep Ire U210 - 1Romania U21
Germany U213 - 2Faroe Islands U21
Tue 15th Oct - Group Seven
Malta U210 - 4Greece U21
Turkey U211 - 0Poland U21
Tue 15th Oct - Group Two
Russia U210 - 2Denmark U21
Slovenia U212 - 1Bulgaria U21
Tue 15th Oct - Group Nine
Serbia U213 - 1N Ireland U21
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group One
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European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Six
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European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Eight
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Nine
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European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Ten
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European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Fourteen