Aston Villa starlet Jack Grealish scored two goals on his full England Under-21s debut as they thrashed Guinea 7-1 on Monday night.
The 20-year-old attacking midfielder, who endured a frustrating campaign with relegated Villa having fallen out of favour with former boss Remi Garde and caretaker chief Eric Black, pledged his future to England over the Republic of Ireland in September.
However, having failed to force his way into senior coach Roy Hodgson’s plans, Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate took a chance on Grealish by naming him in his squad for this week’s Toulon Tournament.
Following an opening 1-0 win against Portugal, Grealish was thrown in from the start in Monday’s Group B clash in Aubagne and he repaid the faith with a double strike in the comfortable victory.
Fulham striker Cauley Woodrow also scored twice, while Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse, Nathan Redmond of Norwich and an own goal from Mohamed Toure completed the scoring.
Grealish should get another chance against Paraguay on Wednesday, where England Under-21s are 1/2 to win with Titanbet, and Japan in their final group clash on Friday.