Jonny Howson makes England U21 debut Tim Hodge February 8, 2011 Leeds United 12 Comments Leeds captain Jonny Howson made his debut for England U21s against Italy in Empoli. Howson came on for the final thirty minutes in the 1-0 defeat. England, who were undone by a late Italy penalty, had the majority of possession in the second half with promising attacking play coming down the wings. Jonny wasn’t really able to make an impact on the game, though when he was on the ball he looked as assured and confident as any other player on the pitch, picking good simple passes and looking strong in the challenge. He demonstrated good movement, making forward runs, applying good pressure and constantly looking to get on the ball – but none of this will come as a surprise to fans. With the main concern for Jonny being the strength in depth of England U21 midfielders, he will have done his prospects no damage whatsoever, acquitting himself as well as any other player in the time available to him. It’s sure to be a proud moment for Jonny and all Leeds fans. He certainly looked good in an England shirt and hopefully we’ll see him in it on many more occasions. kellstu1487 well done jonny. did the whole of leeds proud. TSS Solid enough performance, but worth adding that he did lose possession in the run-up to the penalty. Wasn’t really his fault in fairness as the pass before that was lousy, putting him under unnecessary pressure. Proud moment seeing him in an England shirt. The Reaper 08 FAir play to Stuart Pearce. All to often in these situations the player eithe doesn’t play or gets a paltry 5 mintues. I swore blind he wouldn’t get 15 minutes so to notch up 30 is a right result and will further aid his development. It’s this kind of mingling and palyign with better players that will be pivitol to his career. The Reaper 08 Apologies at work and trying to rush that last post, shocking. TSS Agreed. There’s a lot of competition for places, and it’s a shame they never got a chance to train together, but I think selecting Jonny would be a shrewd move by Pearce – he has the experience and composure many of the young lads clearly lacked today. Craig Just picked up the news that George McCartney has retired from international football – I reckon he knew what a torrid time Snoddy was going to give him! trueyorxman Christ, what’s happened to the The Scratching Shed? With its new look it should be renamed The South Stand!! TSS Never thought of that – wouldn’t even have to change my username! Pingback: Tweets that mention Jonny Howson makes England U21 debut « The Scratching Shed -- Topsy.com() Gryff Congrats Jonny, now capped at U21 level! BTW, what the hell is he looking at in that pic? It must be seriously bad… His latest contract offer by any chance? The Reaper 08 I think one of Naylors ginger nads has fallen out the side of his shorts, not a pretty sight. Colin Any pics of Howson in the England kit?