Lee Carsley has heaped praise on Liverpool’s and Everton’s youngsters who starred in the 3-0 win over Northern Ireland at Goodison Park.

On a night when Blues defender Jarrad Branthwaite captained the Young Lions on his club ground, Liverpool’s Tyler Morton opened the scoring before Harvey Elliott curled in a sublime freekick to double the lead.

The Reds pair then combined late in the game for Elliott to chip in his second and England’s third to secure a comfortable win.

Carlsey was delighted with Elliott’s contribution. He said: “I think it’s important that he keeps scoring and keeps assisting, because he’s going to be that kind of player.

“His stats and data are very high for us but more importantly is his work rate, he leads by example and brings a lot of players with him.’’

Elliott has scored five UEFA EURO21 qualifying games to help England into second place in group F.

The 20-year-old has been limited to substitute appearances in the Premier League for Liverpool this season, but his national side manager is not worried about his progression.

Said Carsley: “The most important thing for a lot of players is staying in the race, keeping yourself fit and making sure your attitude’s right to make yourself selectable.

“To be a young player in the Premier League and play weekly is a big ask. He’s come into this camp looking really fit and sharp, so he’s doing the right things.

“When he’s come on for Liverpool he’s made a really good impact, so I’d like to see that continue.’’

Liverpool loanee Morton was also involved in the action, with the midfielder opening the scoring on his full debut for the Young Lions. Spending this campaign at Hull City, he has had to be patient for a chance at this level.

Carsley said: “It’s not surprising, he’s a top player. He’s a massive player for Hull but I’m pleased to see him make his debut and get the goal.

“He’s up against some good players, it’s a big challenge to get in the squad, and stay in the team.’’

On a pleasant return to Goodison Park, where the England coach spent six years between 2002-2008, his captain on the night was current Blues defender Jarrad Branthwaite.

In a breakthrough season, the 21-year-old has impressed, with Carsley singing his praises: “It was a way of showing how well we think he’s doing at the present, but it’s also something (leadership) we think he can add to his game as well.

“He is a quiet guy but the way he plays is very imposing. I thought he was excellent tonight. It is something that he should be proud of, to lead the team out.’’

Captaining his country at his home ground is something anyone would dream of, but Branthwaite’s manager added: “He’s very much a team player and not one for the limelight.’’

A strong England camp defeated Serbia by the same scoreline on Saturday, something Carsley added was a ‘big thing’ winning against and ‘dominating in a tough country.’

The successful international break sees the Young Lions stay second in the group, keeping the pressure on leaders Ukraine, after suffering a 3-2 defeat at the Kosicka Arena last month.