Sheffield United pair Louis Reed and Harry Chapman both started for England under 20s as the Young Lions kicked off their four team mini-tournament with a win over Holland in Oldham.
However, it was another locally-based youngster who starred, with Barnsley’s on-loan striker Adam Armstrong hitting the second in a 2-0 success against the Dutch.
Patrick Roberts put England ahead with a well-worked move after just six minutes and Armstrong doubled the lead soon after.
Germany are next up for England at Huddersfield on Friday, followed by the USA at Rochdale.
Meanwhile, John Stones says under-fire Wayne Rooney remains key for England in this period of change for the national team and their captain.
Rooney has rejected the suggestion he is not only past his prime but past it altogether, with team-mates and staff rallying around the under-fire captain.
Barnsley-born Stones says experience like Rooney’s is “massive” in the wake of Sam Allardyce’s abrupt and ignominious exit.
“Yeah, definitely,” the centre-back said when asked if Rooney was England’s key man. “He has been over the years and every player goes through their up and down patches.
“Wayne’s always fully focused when he comes here and, as I say, a key player, as is everyone in my eyes in the squad.
“I think you could see that from the last game, when we scored late, how much it meant not just on the pitch but off the pitch.”
“We watched it back and the bench all celebrated, the staff included, which I think shows a great unity about the team.”