Burnley FC: Taylor Harwood-Bellis captains England U21s in 3-1 victory over Germany at Bramall Lane

Burnley’s Taylor Harwood-Bellis captained England U21s in their 3-1 victory over Germany at Bramall Lane.

The centre back, who is on loan at Turf Moor from Manchester City, enjoyed a solid 82 minutes, before being subbed off.

During the game he was comfortable playing out from the back to help start England’s attacks, and showed a good range of passing to switch the play, with 93% accuracy.

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Due to the way the team was set up, he saw quite a lot of the ball, especially in the first half.

Taylor Harwood-Bellis captained England U21s in their game against Germany (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

As well as showing composure in possession, Harwood-Bellis also looked solid when doing the basics in defence.

He put in a couple of strong challenges to nullify the visitors.

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An example of this, was a sliding challenge on Reda Khadra, just as the German attacker looked to have got past him.

He did well to get in front of his man a number of times to stop any potential danger, winning 4/5 of his ground duels.

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Alongside his centre back partner Levi Colwill, who went off after 70 minutes, the pair maintained a strong line and had a good understanding on the whole.

In terms of his leadership role, he appeared to embrace the captaincy, seemingly having no issue with the role.

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There were a couple of minor occasions in the game where he could’ve done better, with a couple of better clearances required to get the ball away from danger, but apart from that it was a strong performance.

Germany took the lead at Bramall Lane after 35 minutes.

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Noah Katterbach received the ball in space down the left side, with Felix Nmecha on hand to head a good cross past James Trafford.

England didn’t trail for long, as Folarin Balogun picked up the ball with plenty of time in the Germany box.

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The attacker composed himself, before striking past Noah Atubolu, via the post.

Two minutes after the restart, England took the lead, with Anthony Gordon putting the ball on a plate for Conor Gallagher to easily finish.

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Cole Palmer rounded off the victory in the final minutes of play, to secure the victory.

Briefly coming up against Harwood-Bellis was his Clarets teammate Jordan Beyer, who came on for Germany in the 73rd minute.

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Stats from SofaScore.