The Young Lions ran out 5-2 winners in the first of three games in the space of four days. 

Noni Madueke and Sam Greenwood gave England a two-goal advantage before half-time, which was increased to three in the opening minutes of the second half through Cole Palmer. 

Russia reduced the arrears by scoring twice through Sviatoslav Kozhedub and Kiril Shchetinin, but Morgan Rogers and Alex Mighten restored England's three-goal cushion to finish strongly. 

The U18s return to action on Saturday afternoon against Norway, with the trio of games concluding on Monday when they face the Czech Republic.

Marcus Tavernier and the U20s also tasted victory as they recorded a 4-0 win against Portugal. 

Tavernier was introduced off the bench with just under half an hour left, and the Young Lions raced into a three-goal interval lead via a brace from Tyrese Campbell and Ian Poveda-Ocampo. 

Emile Smith-Rowe put the seal on the victory by adding England's fourth. The U20s return to home soil on Tuesday to face Iceland at Adam's Park. 

Elsewhere, Paddy Reading could feature for Scotland's U21s this evening as they aim to continue their strong start to U21 Euro qualifying against Greece at Tynecastle.