The World Cup may be over but there is still international football for us to enjoy - and one of our own put in a stellar performance for England under-19s as they began their European Championship defence in Finland.
Elliot Embleton had a hand in all three England goals, scoring one and providing assists for the other two, as his side came from behind to secure a nervy 3-2 victory over Turkey.
The Young Lions went behind after barely a minute and looked in danger of being shocked by a confident Turkish side before Embleton swung a cross in for Japhet Tanganga to bring the holders level. England then took the lead through Nottingham Forest’s Ben Brereton as he latched onto a killer through ball from Embleton before slotting it past the keeper for 2-1.
The teenager however saved the best of the goals for himself. After ten minutes of the first half he picked the ball up about 25 yards out, shifted it onto his left foot and curled a beauty right into the postage stamp to seemingly put his side in firm control of the contest.
Turkey did get another goal back to set up a nervy finish but England were up to the task and held on for a crucial opening victory.
More importantly to Sunderland fans though was just how good a performance it was from Elliot Embleton. The 19 year-old wasn’t afraid to get on the ball and push his side up the pitch and, despite Turkey’s good start, kept his cool to provide the quality required to set up two goals that flipped the game on its head. To top it all off his goal was right out of the top draw and will be sure to get Sunderland fans very excited.
Embleton has always been very highly rated at Sunderland and obviously the England set-up shares that view, so is it time that Jack Ross took a look at making the young man a part of his first teams plans for the upcoming season? Of course, he will miss a significant part of pre-season as he represents his country but a player of his ability cannot be ignored for long.
We will keep watching and supporting Elliot as England continue their bid to defend their European Championship title and keep you posted on how he gets on.
You can watch the Under-19s European Championship for yourself on Sky Sports.