FOOTBALL NEWS

26/03/2009 09:31, Report by Ben Hibbs

Drinkwater stars for England

The international break isn't just for established stars - United have a clutch of up-and-coming youngsters looking to make their mark on the world stage.

Reserves midfielder Danny Drinkwater shone for England's Under-19s on Wednesday night, narrowly missing out on giving his national team victory in a 0-0 draw against a resolute Czech Republic team.

The Manchester-born youngster was desperately unlucky not to break the deadlock at Walsall's Banks' Stadium on the hour mark, his excellent free-kick from the edge of the area hitting the bar.

Ten minutes later he fizzed a shot, this time with his left foot, narrowly wide of the post.

Drinkwater has been impressive all season in United's Reserves, and his recognition at international level is well-deserved.

Danny Welbeck, who had also been included in the England U19s squad, did not play.

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