KINGSLEY JAMES marked his call-up to the England C squad with a goal and an assist as he powered the team to a 4-2 win against the Estonia U23s in the International Challengers Cup on Tuesday.
After Estonia’s Brent Lepistu cancelled out Omar Bogle’s early strike, Harry Beautyman put the Three Lions back in front.
Chester midfielder James then won the ball and quickly released Andy Yiadom behind the defence, who finished with a powerful strike high into the net.
Soon after missing a golden chance, James had the debut goal he dreamed of when he met a cross with a bullet header into the top corner, Martina Kase’s penalty for Estonia could not put the brakes on a convincing victory for the Three Lions.
The 22 year-old has had an excellent start to life at the Swansway Chester Stadium since joining in June from cash-strapped Hereford United, who were expelled from the Conference Premier in place of already-relegated Chester FC.
The midfielder has impressed fans with his workhorse approach in the middle of the park, with his desire and power leading him to being described as the club’s best player since Antoni Sarcevic, who moved to League 1 side Fleetwood at the end of the 2012/13 season, soon after scoring on his England C debut.
The Chester FC faithful will be eager to avoid a repeat of the same, and see James offered an extension on his current one-year contract.
James will next be in action on Tuesday, when the Blues travel to Dartford, who sit in the relegation zone.