Early Doors

Morrison clashes with Zaha while on U21 duty

Early Doors

Ravel Morrison's majestic display inspired England Under-21s to an impressive 5-0 victory against Lithuania but the West Ham midfielder's rise from bad boy to poster boy took a blip when he clashed with Manchester United Wilfried Zaha near the end of the clash.

The two hot prospects started shoving each at Portman Road after a disagreement, with Morrison striking the first blow after seemingly being unhappy that he was denied a chance to complete a hat-trick from the penalty spot.

Instead it was Saido Berahino who scored from the spot in the 76th minute for his second goal and England's fifth in an easy wins.

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After years in which his off-pitch activities made the headlines, 20-year-old Morrison is beginning to show just why Sir Alex Ferguson rated him among the most talented teenagers he had seen at Manchester United.

Fresh from netting an early contender for goal of the season in West Ham's 3-0 win at Tottenham, Morrison spent the international break with an England side for the first time in three years.

The midfielder made his Under-21s debut in last week's 4-0 win at San Marino and quickly made an impression against the Lithuanians, opening the scoring inside two minutes after fine work by Zaha down the left.

Lithuania were struggling to get to grips with Morrison, whose flurry of stepovers and dragbacks ended up in a free-kick at the edge of the box from which James Ward-Prowse scored his first goal for the Young Lions.

Gareth Southgate's side went further ahead in the 63rd minute when Berahino netted his third goal in as many appearances, before Morrison came to the fore again.

Having won possession just inside the Lithuania half, the livewire midfielder burst between two defenders before fooling the goalkeeper with a stepover and slotting into the empty net.

It looked set to be a great night for Morrison, but his fisticuffs with Zaha is sure to be the talking point again – overshadowing his fantastic performance.

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