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Big night for Johnson

Ben Johnson and his England U21s teammates have qualified for the 2023 UEFA European Championship following a 3-0 win over Albania.

The result was a bonus for the the Three Lions and Hammers as the full international side claimed a fortuitous 1-1 draw against Germany.

Declan Rice was in good form and the late inclusion of Jarrod Bowen made a difference on a night when Gareth Southgate’s men were very much second best.

Jarrod arrived as  a late sub and was unlucky with one near assist in his short time on the pitch which could easily have brought a goal.

The Hammers top scorer of last season looks very comfortable at this level and it would be glad to think that Johnson too can break through.

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Ben started at left back  knowing that three points would be enough to guarantee a place at next summer’s finals in Romania and Georgia.

It was his third appearance for the England U21s after receiving his first call-up back in March.

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