Nottingham Forest midfielder James Garner played the full 90 minutes as England Under-21s lost 3-2 to Georgia.
The on-loan Manchester United gem was handed a start in place of Conor Gallagher who played for the senior team last night.
Two goals from Giorgi Guliashvili and one by Giorgi Gocholeishvili put England to the sword in Tbilisi.
A late double salvo by Sam Greenwood and Marc Guehi was to prove in vain and Lee Carsley’s team were beaten.
The result has to be viewed as a bit of a shocker and will have done little to revive Garner’s confidence.
The 20-year-old arrived back at Forest during the summer for a second stint at the club.
Last season, he proved a revelation. He netted four times in 20 appearances and caught the eye with his stylish midfield performances.
This time around it’s been more of a struggle. Prior to the international break, he’s not even been a regular starter, with Jack Colback ousting him for a place.
During 2021/22 he’s made 13 appearances but has yet to register a single goal contribution and that is a cause for concern.
To add to Garner and England’s frustrations, the Forest man was booked late on during this afternoon’s game.
How can Cooper revive Garner at Forest?
It’s proving to be the million-dollar question for the Forest boss. He has experience of working with younger players but it’s fair to say the United owned player is providing a conundrum.
Garner isn’t a guaranteed starter just now and that in itself is a real cause for concern as far as the midfielder is concerned.
He would have hoped to hit the ground running during today’s game with Georgia but he didn’t really do too much of a note.
Garner is a good player and the hope will be that he can come good. With January on the horizon though, it’s going to have to be quick, otherwise United may just recall him.