Nottingham Forest winger Alex Mighten scored a hat-trick for England Under-18s against Australia.
He was named in Ian Foster’s starting line-up for his country’s opening game of a four-team tournament. The match was played at Leicester Road FC on Friday evening under the floodlights.
It didn’t take long for the 17-year-old to make his mark on proceedings.
He got the Three Lions back on level terms in the 21st minute after Noah Botic had given Australia the lead after just five minutes. Ahmad Taleb could perhaps have done better with the youngster’s effort.
It got even better for the Nottingham Forest youngster shortly before half-time, as he found the back of the net from a tight angle after a superb solo run.
He was then able to secure his hat-trick midway through the second half. Liverpool’s Layton Stewart’s storming run enabled Mighten to score a tap in at the far post.
Mighten will be delighted to have scored a hat-trick for his country. It’s always a great achievement to score three goals in a game, no matter what level you are playing at.
The winger may be given another opportunity to impress against Brazil when they visit Hednesford Town FC at 4pm today. The Under-18s are then back in action again next week when they face Korea Republic at Alfreton Town.
Having seen the likes of Brennan Johnson given opportunities by Sabri Lamouchi this season, Mighten will have hope he might be able to make his first team debut in the near future. Seeing a clear pathway into the first team can only be a good thing for the club’s youth academy.
Mighten is a regular in Forest’s Under-23s team and is certainly highly-rated at the City Ground. He got his first taste of involvement with the first team when he was named on the bench in the Carabao Cup first round win against Fleetwood Town.
Great night for our young International players. Brennan Johnson scores the winner for Wales U21 against Belgium and Alex Mighten hits a hat trick for England U18 against Australia to win 3-2. Two very exciting talents with very big futures in the game 👌👌
— Gary Brazil (@GazBraz) September 6, 2019
The Reds recently sold Arvin Appiah to Almería for a fee of around £8 million. This was despite the fact the 18-year-old had only made six appearances in the Championship.
It remains to be seen whether Mighten can reach the same level, but the early signs certainly seem promising. The Reds will be hoping he can make his mark in the first team in the future.