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NICKY SUMMERBEE, son of Mike of Manchester City and England fame, will make a name for himself with many more goals like the one with which he put England into the final of the Toulon Under-21 tournament here last night, writes Our Correspondent from La Ciotat, France.
There seemed no danger to the old enemy, Scotland, who were threatening to take this semi-final by the scruff of the neck, when Neil Ardley took a throw-in in the 47th minute. Mike Sheron nudged it on and Summerbee unleashed a half-volley from 25 yards which flew past Stewart Kerr in the Scotland goal like a rocket-propelled daisycutter into the far corner of the net.
He might just as well have shot Scotland through the heart because their challenge, which before had been full of cohesion, skill and purpose evaporated under the Cote d'Azur sun. For Summerbee, who was originally on standby, it was another moment to savour after a season which has seen his club Swindon
promoted to the Premier League via the play-offs.
His joy contrasted sharply with the apparent agony of Richard Hall, who with two minutes remaining incurred his second booking of the tournament for manhandling Arsenal's combative little Paul Dickov. Out of tomorrow's final against France - 3-0 winners against Portugal in yesterday's other semi-final - or so he and most of us thought as he trudged off the field with heavy heart. Not so. The slate is wiped clean after the first round.
ENGLAND UNDER-21: Gerrard (Oldham Athletic); Ardley (Wimbledon), Hall (Southampton), Awford (Portsmouth), Small (Aston Villa), Clark (Newcastle United), Redknapp (Liverpool), Flitcroft (Manchester City), Anderton (Tottenham Hotspur), Sheron (Manchester City), Sutton (Norwich City). Substitute: Summerbee (Swindon Town) for Clark, 46.
SCOTLAND UNDER-21: Kerr (Celtic); Baker (St Mirren), Pressley (Rangers), Handyside (Grimsby Town), Bollan (Dundee United), Bernard (Oldham Athletic), Thomas (Heart of Midlothian), McQuilken (Celtic), Lavety (St Mirren), Dailly (Dundee United), Dickov (Arsenal). Substitutes: Robertson (Rangers) for Handyside, 68; Hood (Ayr United) for McQuilken, 46.
Referee: J Perreira (Portugal).Reuse content