Celtic pair Karamoko Dembele and Tobi Oluwayemi star as England under-18s beat Wales

By David Walton

March 29, 2021

Young Celtic duo Karamoko Dembele and Tobi Oluwayemi teamed up this afternoon as England under-18s managed to defeat Wales in a friendly.

The clash took place at the Leckwith Stadium in Cardiff, with England securing a 2-0 victory.

Young Lions boss Kevin Betsy chose to start Dembele. Unfortunately, however, the Celtic hotshot was only given 45 minutes of action. As for Oluwayemi, he was given the second 45 and managed to bag a clean sheet.

After the game, both teams took part in a bounce penalty shoot-out. The Celtic goalkeeper managed to make three penalty saves [Bristol Post]. He was also key in keeping the score at 0-0, managing to make a fine one-v-one stop against Wales’ Ryan Viggars.

Dembele, meanwhile, shone early on in the contest. On several occasions he managed to meet the byline with his crosses not being connected with by the England front-line.

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The Celtic wonderkid looked extremely lively throughout the first half. As Wales generally did well not to give up too many goalscoring chances, Dembele was clearly England’s biggest threat in the first half.

England vs Wales under-18s still available to view

The game was streamed live by the Welsh FA on YouTube. That means you can watch the Celtic duo in action by clicking here.

Celtic fans didn’t expect to see much of 17-year-old Oluwayemi this season. However, Dembele’s situation was supposed to be different. Neil Lennon stated at the start of the season that the plan was to integrate him in this term [Scottish Sun].

In reality, Dembele has barely been given a minute of senior action this season. Outside of two cameo appearances, he’s been nowhere to be seen. Mark Wilson revealed on the Celtic Huddle Podcast back in January that Dembele was set to leave in the summer when his contract expires.

Karamoko Dembele at Celtic training / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

As of yet, his contract situation still hasn’t been resolved. And it’s disappointing for Celtic fans that we have to wait for England youth call-ups before we can see him in action.

But he’s clearly still match-sharp, as his close control and dribbling ability was on show this afternoon. It’s just a shame we didn’t see more than 45 minutes out of him.

As for Oluwayemi, he did his future England chances no harm as he stood up when asked and showed decent aerial presence too. A fine afternoon for the Parkhead youngster.

In other news, the England fans have been calling for a Celtic managerial candidate to take their under-21 job.


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