Crewe Alexandra: Max Clayton helps England under-19s to victory
CREWE forward Max Clayton played just short of an hour as England under-19s beat Turkey in a warm-up to crucial European Championship qualifiers.
The 18-year-old, from Nantwich, started up front alongside his former Alex team-mate Nick Powell for a friendly at Telford.
Southampton midfielder Calum Chambers gave the Young Lions the lead with a well-taken goal in the first half.
Powell, now with Manchester United, held arguably England's greatest threat but England could not build on their advantage.
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Clayton was substituted in the 55th minute, and will now meet up again with the Crewe squad tomorrow morning ready to travel south for a match against Crawley Town in League One on Saturday.
Powell went on to miss a late penalty, awarded for a foul by Hakan Cinemre on the ex-Alex man himself, but the home side still held out for a 1-0 victory.
The under-19s will next meet up to play Belgium, Scotland and Georgia in May in qualifiers for this summer's European finals, to be held in Lithuania in late July.
Meanwhile, Crewe skipper Luke Murphy is a major doubt for the Alex's match at Crawley.
The midfielder suffered a groin strain in the second-half of a 2-1 win over MK Dons on Tuesday night and is battling to prove his fitness.
Winger Byron Moore (dead leg) is also facing a race against time to be fit for action at the Broadfield Stadium.