Promising Swansea star Alfie Mawson makes England Under 21s debut

Promising Swansea star Alfie Mawson makes England Under 21s debut

The young defender made his debut against France.

Matthew Wilkinson

After making his debut for Swansea City earlier on in the season against Watford things have gone from good to brilliant for Alfie Mawson, who has now made his international debut for the England Under 21s side, having the honour of representing his country.

Joining Rob Holding and Wolves defenders Dominic Iorfa and Kortney Hause in the defence in a losing effort against France on a night Mawson will never forget. 

Debut defeat

The French side came out on top against Aidy Boothroyd's Young Lions due to a double from Celtic star Moussa Dembele, to send England's Under 21 side to their first defeat in 16 games.

It would be England who took the lead originally through Duncan Watmore and it looked as if they had rescued a draw when Lewis Baker's curling strike levelled the score. However, a late Wylan Cyprien's goal from close range granted France a 3-2 victory. 

Mawson was part of several changes that Boothroyd made, as the England boss begins to look to the future of his side with only Baker and Nathaniel Chalobah retaining their places in the side that defeated Italy in their last outing. 

Mawson celebrates Baker's goal. Photo:Mouhtaropoulos
Mawson celebrates Baker's goal. Photo:Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Impressive start 

Mawson, who joined the Welsh outfit from Barnsley during the Summer, has impressed during his time with the Premier League club, even gaining comparisons to Manchester City's John Stones. Bob Bradley will have no doubt kept his eye closely on the performance and will be keeping tabs on him throughout the season. 

Swansea's next game takes place against Everton, where they will compete against former club captain, Ashley Williams, a player that Mawson would, without a doubt, like to follow in the footsteps of.

Given Swansea's current poor form it could be worthwhile taking a risk with some of the younger players at the club, in the hope they inspire a change in results and effort.