Ebene News – GB – England U21s out of the Euro Championship

England suffered grief over injuries as a late Croatia goal saw them fail to break out of their European Under-21 Championship group

A penalty from Eberechi Eze and a nice strike from Curtis Jones were not enough to secure their progress as they had to win by two clear goals

Spirits overflowed after the final whistle, with Jones receiving a red card in the middle of a scuffle with Croatian players

The losses to Portugal and Switzerland meant that England, who failed to make it through the group stage in five of the last six competitions, needed a two-goal margin to move up the difference goals

Aidy Boothroyd’s side, who failed to break out of the group stage in two successive competitions, finished last in their group – tied on points with Switzerland and Croatia, but the Croatia leading the goal difference to three

England, who only managed one shot on target in the tournament before this game, showed marked improvements over their previous two losses, with Dwight McNeil causing problems for Croatia and Liverpool’s Jones had the ‘air sharp, later scoring the critical and well-deserved goal

Boothroyd, who led the Under-21s to the last four in 2017, said the game was the most important of his career and called his job as manager “totally impossible”

Five players failed a late fitness test, including Ben Godfrey, Tom Davies and Emile Smith Rowe, forcing Boothroyd to make seven changes to his starting XI

England looked nervous in the opening minutes, losing the ball and struggling to keep their cool, but were awarded a penalty in the 11th minute when Eddie Nketiah was found guilty before Eze fell back with trust

Croatia created chances, with Aaron Ramsdale forced into a superb save as England gave the ball away in their own half, leaving Luka Ivanusec face to face with Sheffield United goalkeeper

The Young Lions looked brighter in the second half and a low finish in the lower corner of Jones, who started his first game for England in this tournament, seemed to be enough to secure a place in the next round

But a superb strike from Bradaric in added time sealed the fate of England who have been punished for poor form in previous matches

This could be Boothroyd’s last game in charge of the Under-21s, as his contract expires this summer

England U21 manager Aidy Boothroyd speaks to Sky Sports: “I thought tonight we were excellent, we were criticized for not being creative, but tonight we were very creative in all we’ve done But we’ve missed chances that we would normally take and lose like we did to get back to where we were and he [Bradaric] will never score a goal like that again – it’s very disappointing

“As for the group, we gave ourselves a mountain to climb and we almost did it but unfortunately we lose by one goal and it’s the beautiful margins It’s devastating now, but an experience like this one is something that will stay with you forever and benefit the players in their careers and that is what U21 are – they are a development team”

On whether he is the right fit for the job: “I think so – the number of players who have been through this season suggests that there is a path that works Our younger players know that ‘they have a chance to play in the first team because of the way we’re structured Of course it’s important and we want to win but producing players and winning tournaments at the same time is very difficult I love m’ to involve with these players, I like that and it makes it harder to deal with that and answer the questions. I’ll continue and we’ll see what happens “

Failed attempt Japhet Tanganga (England U21) right foot shot from outside the box is too high Assisted by Oliver Skipp

Goal! Croatia U21 1, England U21 2 Domagoj Bradaric (Croatia U21) left footed shot from outside the box in the upper right corner Assisted by Lovro Majer

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Ebene News – GB – England U21 outside the European Championship

Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/56583091