LEEDS UNITED’S Ronaldo Vieira is on course to help England’s Under-20s defend their Toulon Tournament crown after again starting as the Three Lions booked their place in the semi-finals.
Midfielder Vieira started his second match in four days for the young Three Lions yesterday evening as Cuba were hammered 7-1.
Vieira received a heavy tackle from Neisser Herve shortly before the interval and after the Cuban was shown a straight red card, Vieira was substituted three minutes after the break.
There have been no suggestions that the teenager picked up an injury in the challenge, though the 18-year-old could still be rested for England’s final game of the group stages on Sunday against Japan. The England side have already guaranteed their place in the semi-finals and a trip to the final could see Vieira’s spell at the Toulon Tournament carry forward until Saturday, June 10. United’s former midfielder Lewis Cook helped England win the Toulon Tournament last year.
Leeds have five players on international duty with striker Chis Wood and winger Stuart Dallas set to face each other tonight as Northern Ireland host a friendly against New Zealand.
New Zealand captain Wood is facing the busiest summer of all the Whites players on international duty as the All Whites take part in the Confederations Cup later this month in Russia.
In readiness for the tournament, they have another friendly in Belarus on Sunday, June 11.
Dallas and Northern Ireland will face a Group C World Cup qualifier in Azerbaijan next Saturday evening.
Leeds centre-back Pontus Jansson, away with Sweden, faces a Group A World Cup qualifier at home to France next Friday evening, four days before a friendly in Norway.
Whites midfielder Eunan O’Kane faces another friendly with the Republic Of Ireland, who are at home to Uruguay a week before next Sunday’s Group D World Cup qualifier at home to Austria.
O’Kane came on as a 64th-minute substitute for the Republic in the early hours of this morning as they lost 3-1 to Mexico in a friendly in New Jersey.