England Under-21s strolled to a comfortable 5-0 victory over Lithuania at Portman Road on Tuesday night, in a match notable for the excellent performance of midfielder Ravel Morrison.
The West Ham player scored twice on the evening, including a magnificent solo effort to help England to victory, but created headlines for the wrong reason after a second-half spat with Manchester United's Wilfried Zaha:
Ravel Morrison and Wilfried Zaha come to blows for England U21 http://t.co/uVCOFMuLts— Juxtin (@justinoriola) October 16, 2013
The Daily Mail's Sunni Upal reports:
Ravel Morrison soured his impeccable performance for England Under-21s by going head-to-head with fellow starlet Wilfried Zaha in the 5-0 thumping of Lithuania.
Morrison opened the scoring for the Young Lions inside two minutes, and capped off his performance with another wonder goal after a mazy dribble through the visitors' defence.
However, after Saido Berahino scored from the penalty spot for his second of the evening, Morrison appeared incensed at not being given the chance to complete his hat-trick.
The incident will be disappointing for Gareth Southgate and the Under-21 setup, as well as the players involved, given that the evening was a roaring success in footballing terms.
Morrison was the star of the show with two goals, while Saido Berahino also grabbed a brace and James Ward-Prowse struck a goal from long range to seal a convincing victory.
However, Morrison's excellent individual showing will now be followed by further questions over his attitude and suitability for a place in the senior England side—on the day that respected Telegraph journalist Henry Winter tipped him for a place at next summer's World Cup.
There is no questioning Morrison's talent. Ever since his early years in the Manchester United academy, he has been regarded as a special player and, indeed, was seen as being on a par with current Juventus and France star Paul Pogba in the side that won the FA Youth Cup in 2010-11.
However, court appearances and ill-discipline dogged the youngster, as documented by the Telegraph's Luke Edwards, and the decision was made to sell the player to West Ham for the benefit of his own career.
What a season ahead for the likes of Ross Barkley, Tom Ince, Ravel Morrison, Wilfred Zaha with a chance of a World Cup place to claim— Ian Abrahams (@BroadcastMoose) October 15, 2013
Getting away from Manchester has done him much good, and Birmingham manager Lee Clark deserves much credit for turning around the youngster's loan spell in the Midlands last year, after a rocky start.
Back at West Ham, Sam Allardyce has made Morrison a member of the first-team squad and, thus far, has been royally rewarded.
With his excellent close control, Morrison drives the ball forward from midfield in a manner that few can achieve. He is strong at retaining possession and has already scored twice in the Premier League in six appearances.
For all of his improvements, though, there are many yet to be won over by his increased maturity. Incidents like that on Tuesday night will not help his case in winning them over.