Filed: Saturday, 10th October 2009
By: Staff Writer
Zavon Hines marked his England under 21 debut with a brace as Stuart Pearce's charges hammered Macedonia 6-3 in Coventry.
The young Hammers striker, who had formerly featured as an unused substitute for Jamaica made his England debut as a second half substitute for Theo Walcott.
20-year-old Hines notched his first goal on 67 minutes before adding a second in the final minute as Pearce's side evetually thrashed their oppenents - despite being held 2-2 and 3-3 during the game.
Hines' first was reminiscent of the goal he scored against Beijing Guoan on the China tour this summer; having been sent through on goal by Cleverley, he bided his time before slipping the ball between goalkeeper Naumovski's legs. His second was a more conventional finish having been teed up by Newcastle's Andy Carroll who also notched a brace.
Hines' West Ham team mate James Tomkins played a full 90 minutes whilst Junior Stanislas was an unused substitute. You can see extended highlights of the game here.
England under 21s: Loach, Richards (c), Gibbs, Rodwell, Tomkins, Mancienne, Cleverley, Wilshere, Carroll (Welbeck 90), Walcott (Hines 46), Rose (Muamba 69).
In other news, a strong Hammers XI went down 2-1 at home to French outfit Velenciennes at the Boleyn Ground yesterday afternoon.
The game, arranged for those players not on international duty this weekend saw West Ham go a goal behind early doors before Jack Collison restored parity five minutes ahead of the break. However the French side won the game with a goal ten minutes into the second half.
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