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27/05/2012 08:36, Report by Adam Bostock
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Internationals: Young scores

England's senior team followed the lead of the Under-19s by winning with a Manchester United player on the scoresheet.

Ashley Young's 9th-minute strike on Saturday night gave Roy Hodgson's men an efficient 1-0 friendly victory over Norway, 24 hours after Reds striker Will Keane (2) and defender Tom Thorpe netted in the younger England side's 5-0 triumph over Slovenia at Preston.

Young played as a deep-lying partner for Liverpool forward Andy Carroll in the penultimate England match before Euro 2012, and felt the partnership was successful - not least when they linked up for the match-winning effort.

"I think it went well," said Young in his post-match interview. "The goal came from our one-two, which is nice, and there were some good combinations. We felt we could play together and we have done that tonight."

Phil Jones also started in Hodgson's first game in charge, at right-back, and threatened to double England's lead early in the second half when his shot hit Norway goalkeeper Rune Almenning Jarstein and then the post. Jones was replaced two minutes from time by Liverpool's Martin Kelly, while Young came off in the 72nd minute as Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain earned his first England cap from the bench.

Nani was also on duty for his country in a warm-up match for Euro 2012, albeit as a 62nd-minute substitute as Portugal were surprisingly held 0-0 by Macedonia. Former United star Cristiano Ronaldo carried the main attacking threat at Estadio Municipal de Leiria but to no avail against resolute opposition.

The two men who contested the goalkeeper's position at United last season, David De Gea and Anders Lindegaard, were both unused substitutes for their national teams. De Gea was in the dugout as cover for Iker Casillas when the European Championshp holders Spain beat Serbia 2-0 with goals from Adrian Lopez and Santi Cazorla (penalty).

Meanwhile Lindegaard could only look on as Euro 2012 hopefuls Denmark lost 3-1 in Hamburg to Brazil. Thomas Sorensen was beaten twice by Porto forward Hulk and also conceded an own goal by Niki Zimling, all before the interval, and although Nicklas Bendtner pulled a goal back in the second half, the

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