Ben makes instant impact on his return to young England team

BLYTHE Bridge’s Nottingham Forest striker Ben Brereton was an unused substitute when England U19’s lost 1-0 to the Czech Republic in Znojmo on Friday night.

However, the 18 year old, who was released by Stoke City two years ago, returned to the starting line-up for Monday’s friendly in Slovenia and made an immediate impact, setting up England’s opening goal after just six minutes in the 2-2 draw.

The two friendlies are part of the Young Lions preparations for next month’s qualifying stages of 2018 European U19 Championship in Finland, where they will face Faroe Islands (Nov 8), Iceland (Nov 11) and Bulgaria (Nov 14) in Group 8.

Former Blythe Bridge High School student Ben signed an improved four-year contract with Forest in July.

The new deal is Ben’s reward for a series of impressive performances in the Championship for Forest since making his first team debut at the start of the year

The young player Stoke let go after monitoring his progress through the club’s academy ranks continues to attract interest from Premiership clubs