posted on Jun, 2 2003 @ 05:39 PM
Darren Bent clambered off the bench to get England under-21s back to winning ways in a thrilling friendly against Serbia and Montenegro in Hull.
The Ipswich striker replaced Jermaine Pennant in the 82nd minute for only his second international appearance - and five minutes later knocked home
Carlton Cole's flick-on to seal the win.
England thought they would have to settle for a draw after Srdan Stanic's equaliser for the visitors just two minutes earlier.
But until the late fireworks it seemed that Jermain Defoe's seventh international goal would be the one to ensure David Platt's side went into next
week's crucial European Championship qualifier in good heart.
The West Ham youngster produced a clinical 68th-minute finish after being superbly sent clear by Pennant.
England U21: Evans (Bywater 51), Clarke, Konchesky, Jagielka, Parnaby (Johnson 58), Prutton, Pennant (Bent 82), Sidwell, Ameobi (Carlton Cole 49),
Defoe, Zamora (Ambrose 58).
Subs Not Used: Heath, Tonge, Crouch, Chopra, Lee.
Goals: Ameobi 15, Defoe 68, Bent 87.
Serbia & Montenegro U21: Bogunovic, Markovic (Krasic 46), Mijailovic (Batez 73), Lovre (Petrovic 46), Jokic, Matic (Nikezic 46), Milovanovic (Pekaric
46), Novakovic (Perovic 70), Basa, Lazovic (Stanic 39), Delibasic (Maric 46).
Subs Not Used: Dokic.
Nice to see 3 west ham players their Bywater,Johnson and Jermaine Defoe...