Nottingham Forest youngster James Clarridge is a man on a mission. Yesterday he made his England under-18 debut as the Young Lions defeated Russia 3-0 in Marbella.

The Reds prodigy is rated highly by the coaching staff at Forest. He recently penned a first professional deal with the club and the future looks particularly bright.

Ryan Garry’s men were too strong for their Russian counterparts. Goals came from Sonny Perkins, Michael Olakigbe and Lewis Hall.

It was a good performance from Clarridge. The Forest defender registered an assist for the opener when his long ball from the back found Perkins with pinpoint accuracy.

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Clarridge came off with seven minutes of the game remaining. He was replaced by Chelsea youngster Brodi Hughes, with Garry trying to give everyone some minutes.

The 17-year-old has welcomed the step up to the Under-18 Premier League this season. He has played in games against Leeds, Blackburn, Liverpool and Burnley during 2021/22.

Despite his tender years, the Reds have tied him down to a deal. Forest’s academy is particularly impressive and clearly, they see something in Clarridge.

Where will Clarridge fit in at Forest?

The Reds talent naturally still has work to do but he does look like a decent one to watch for the future.

Clarridge likes to use a superb array of passing to start attacks and he’s not afraid to mix it up with a long ball over the top.

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He is strong in the tackle, reads the game well and is also developing nicely when it comes to winning aerial challenges too.

This performance for England will have done him no harm at all. The Forest youngster will now hope to take confidence back to the Reds and continue starring in Warren Joyce’s team.

The future looks bright for Clarridge at Forest…

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