SAINTS defender Nathanial Clyne was an unused sub as England under-21s took another big step towards the UEFA Under-21 Championship play-offs.

Jonjo Shelvey scored one and set up another as Stuart Pearce’s youngsters won 2-0 in Azerbaijan.

Liverpool midfielder Shelvey’s first goal for the Young Lions followed Steven Caulker’s third to send England five points clear at the top of qualifying Group Eight with one match remaining.

That is on Monday against Norway, who needed to beat Belgium last night and then beat England in Chesterfield in four days’ time to deny their rivals a place in next month’s twolegged play-offs.

Yesterday’s victory was the Young Lions’ sixth out of their seven qualifiers and saw Pearce hand a debut to Thomas Ince, son of former England star Paul, on an artificial pitch against opponents England had thrashed 6-0 a year earlier.