In Chesterfield, Ben Marshall and Martyn Waghorn were both in the England starting eleven as Stuart Pearce’s Young Lions beat Norway 1-0 in their final Group 8 fixture in qualification for next summer’s European Under-21 Championships in Israel.
Marshall, winning his second cap, completed the full 90 minutes at the Proact Stadium while Waghorn, winning his fourth cap, played for 77 minutes before being replaced by Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha.
Sunderland’s Connor Wickham hit the only goal of the game shortly before half-time, ensuring top spot for Pearce’s side and a place in next month’s play-offs, where the ten group winners and four best runners up will compete for seven places alongside the hosts in next summer’s finals.
Joining England in Friday’s draw will be Anthony Knockaert’s France, who had already secured top spot in Group 9 before their defeat to Slovakia in their final group game last week.
On Monday night, Les Espoirs hosted Chile in a friendly in La Rochelle, with Foxes winger Knockaert marking his Under-21 debut with a spectacular opening goal on 53 minutes.
Anthony went on to complete the 90 minutes as the French ran out comfortable winners against their South American opponents – Lyon duo Gueida Fofana and Alexandre Lacazette on-target before Montpellier’s Remy Cabella wrapped up a 4-0 win.
But there will be no place in next summer’s finals for Marko Futacs and Hungary, despite them finishing their Group 7 campaign with consecutive wins – firstly over the Republic of Ireland last Thursday and then over Liechtenstein on Monday night.
Just as he was against the Irish, Marko was in the starting eleven for Monday night’s game in Kecskemet, completing 73 minutes of Hungary’s 2-0 win.
Attila Fiola and substitute Balazs Balogh delivered the goals as Hungary finished fourth in Group 7.
Foxes interest in the current international break concludes on Tuesday night at senior level, with Andy King’s Wales travelling to Serbia and Sean St. Ledger’s Republic of Ireland playing Oman in London.