This is turning into the month Ravel Morrison had been dreaming about for years. After scoring his brilliant goal for West Ham United at White Hart Lane, he then joined up with the England Under-21s and produced two more excellent performances, including two goals and a man-of-the-match award in Tuesday's 5-0 defeat of Lithuania at Portman Road.
While Morrison's first goal was a sharp far-post tap-in from Wilfried Zaha's cross, his second was remarkable – taking the ball just inside the Lithuanian half, driving forward with his wonderful balance and change of pace, beating three defenders and the goalkeeper before slotting the ball in with his left foot.
It all happened with such speed of thought and movement that Morrison, who plays for England, as he does for West Ham, with "Ravel" on his back, had little memory of it afterwards. "I was buzzing, but I can't really remember it," he said. "I just thought I'd drive at them because I drove at them before but should have got my shot off. And then I just intercepted it and thought I'd try to break through the lines and that's what I did."
It was not a perfect night for Morrison, though, with a rather unseemly squabble with Zaha – in which both players raised their hands – slightly souring the second half. Of course these things happen in football, and fortunately Nathan Redmond acted as an adult to smooth things over. "It was just a bit of a disagreement, nothing else," the Norwich City winger explained afterwards. "We got back in the changing rooms and we sorted it out. You get that with teams everywhere."Reuse content