Leeds United youngster continues stellar progress with big role in England youth triumph

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A Leeds United youngster has continued his fine recent progress by helping England’s under-18s to victory on Sunday afternoon.

Seventeen-year-old centre back James Debayo is part of Neil Ryan’s under-18s England squad that are taking in three games at the International Tournament of Lisbon. Debayo was brought on with 12 minutes left of Friday’s 2-2 draw against Norway but the Whites defender was given a start in Sunday’s clash against Australia in which the young Lions recorded a last gasp 3-2 success.

Debayo was only brought off in the final minute of a contest in which a late strike from Adrian Blake sealed victory for England for had earlier been fired into a two-goal lead via a quickfire brace from Zach Marsh. Debayo, signed from Watford in the summer of 2021, has now amassed five caps for England’s under-18s.

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The defender has featured regularly for both United’s under-18s and under-21s since joining the club, helping the under-23s to promotion back to the top flight of Academy football last month. England’s under-18s will take in their final game in Portugal against the host nation on Tuesday evening (kick-off 5pm).

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