Henderson on target as England under-21’s win

England under-21’s beat Norway 2-1 in Drammen on Monday night to make it three wins out of three games in the European championships qualification process.

Goals from Craig Dawson and Jordan Henderson gave Stuart Pearce’s men a 2-0 lead within six minutes, but Valon Berisha pulled one back for the hosts midway through the first half.

The West Brom defender gave the visitors the lead after three minutes, powering home a Henri Lansbury corner with a bullet header.

Henderson doubled the lead soon after, converting Ross Barkley’s centre to give the British team a comfortable advantage.

Despite increased pressure from the Scandinavian side in the second half, the Young Lions held on for an excellent victory, and are now on top of qualification pool 8 for the tournament in Israel in 2013.

England were without some of their more recognised players, and with only one striker available in the form of Marvin Sordell, the win must be seen as an excellent result.

The victory follows convincing wins over Azerbaijan and Iceland, and the side now take on Belgium and Iceland once-more in November.

By Gareth McKnight