Wolves loanee Morgan Gibbs-White started for England’s Under-21 side against Georgia on Tuesday afternoon.
Young Lions manager Lee Carsley made ten changes from the 3-1 win over the Czech Republic in last week’s European Championship qualification match.
That included bringing Gibbs-White into the side, but it is fair to say it did not exactly go to plan.
Georgia ran out 3-2 winners, having raced into a 3-0 lead before Gibbs-White was substituted.
As per Peak Derbyshire after the game, Carsley justified his selection by saying: “How we started the game was good and we had three or four really good opportunities to score.
“I’m not sure what we would have got out of playing our strongest team, what we would have learned.
“The goals we conceded, we probably could have stopped them, but we’ve had a really good look at some players tonight and can take some positives out of it.
“You very rarely get a chance to work on things in friendlies and we changed how we set up from corners, which we conceded from, so we’ve had chance to look at that.
“We’ve also scored from set-pieces, we’ve been working on that, so that’s pleasing. Making nine or ten changes it has given us a chance to play players who wouldn’t usually start and take a good look at our talent pool.
Gibbs-White was among the first group of players to be replaced on 66 minutes.
Carsley has spoken about getting a chance to look at other players but Gibbs-White’s audition did not go well.
He did not get enough opportunities to show what he can do on the ball and his biggest contribution was a back post clearance after a corner to prevent the hosts going in front even earlier than they did.
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