Wednesday, 6th February, 2013

Blackpool forward Thomas Ince bagged a brace against Sweden as England’s Under-21s crushed their Scandinavian opponents 4-0.

The international friendly, played at Walsall’s Bescot Stadium, saw Stuart Pearce’s men emerge as worthy winners from the contest and it was Ince who stole the show.

The Blackpool star, who was strongly chased by Premier League outfit Liverpool during last month’s transfer window, opened the scoring with just ten minutes on the clock.

Then Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey added a second in the 30th minute, to put England very much in control.

The third England goal came when Ince got on the end of a parried penalty, which Chelsea star Josh McEachran missed, just before half time.


And then in the second half, striker Connor Wickham headed home England’s fourth to make for a comfortable night’s work for the country’s Under-21s.

The performance is sure to have been noted by Ince’s large number of suitors and Liverpool are expected to return for him during the summer transfer window.

Watching from the stands was Ince’s father, Paul Ince, who enjoyed a glittering playing career, with his most notable spells coming at Manchester United, Inter and Liverpool.

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