Hemel Hempstead’s Cauley Woodrow made the perfect start to his England U20 debut last night as he took just three minutes to open his account with a goal against Korea Republic.
The Fulham striker put the young England team ahead in Aubagne, as Gareth Southgate’s side looked to progress to the final round of games in the Toulon Tournament.
But a second half equaliser from the Koreans denied the Three Lions the win – despite Woodrow seeing a goal ruled out for offside and a wonder save from keeper Kim Dong Jun to keep out his looping header late on.
Despite the set-back, England know that their fate is still in their own hands. A win or draw against Colombia tomorrow will be enough to take them into Sunday’s third or fourth play-off against either France or Portugal.
Woodrow joined Luton Town as a 13-year-old in 2008 having attracted the attention of scouts while playing for amateur side Buckhurst Hill.
By the start of the 2010/11 season, he was in the first team squad at Kenilworth Road and made three appearances from the bench in the FA Trophy that season.
His debut came 12 days after his 16th birthday as Luton won a first round replay at Welling United, and just four months later he joined Fulham, where he is contracted until 2016, for a six-figure fee that could exceed £1million.
Woodrow told the FA.com: “It was nice for me to get a goal.
“Our main aim was to get a win going into Friday’s game, but it wasn’t to be.
“I didn’t think we played as well as we could in the first half, but after that we created a lot more chances.
“In the last 20 minutes, we had a lot of chances and were unlucky not to put one away.
“But as long as we’re creating chances and players are getting in the right areas to score then the goals will come.”
Woodrow was delighted to be back in the international fold after being capped at U17 level when he was with Hatters.
He added: “It’s been good to be back involved.
“All I want to do is play games, which is what everyone here wants to do. My aim is to try and stay in the England set-up now.
“It’s a great honour and we all want to be involved in it, so if I can keep on playing well then I can still be in the manager’s thoughts.”