England’s European Championship hopes are hanging by a thin thread, following a goalless draw with Italy in Jablonec on Thursday night.
David Button – England Goalkeeper had good game against Italy
Italian Coach Rocca replaced Newcastle’s Fabio Zamblera in the Italy starting line up by Okaka Chuka, who returned from a one game suspension.
England were reeling from a 2-0 defeat at the hands of host side The Czech Republic in their first game, and although they had more of the game against Italy, they had no cutting edge in front of goal, and for the second game running failed to score.
Seems they may be missing a certain Andrew Carroll, who is out injured.
Brian Eastick’s England side have only a single point from their first two games, and this after qualifying so well with 8 wins in 10 games, the only points lost being a 1-0 defeat in Germany and a 1-1 draw at Portugal.
The Czech Republic drew 0-0 with Greece, giving them 4 points in their Group B, followed by Greece and Italy with 2 points each, and England at the bottom of the group with a single point.
England must now beat Greece in their final group game this Sunday and hope the Czech Republic defeat the Italians .
If that happens England can will get through, but the performances in the their first two games doesn’t exactly instill the confidence they can do it – but we hope so.
However the display against Italy was certainly an improvement on their 2-0 loss to the Czechs on Monday, which was a terrible performance, but England seem unable to score goals.
After his nightmare performance in the first game, Tottenham goalkeeper David Button seemed to justify his continued inclusion, making a succession of excellent saves in the game, even though England dominated possession for much of the time.
Hungary had the surprise result of the evening, when they beat highly fancied Spain, to record their second successive 1-0 win. They had previously beaten Bulgaria in their opening game.
Newcastle’s 18 year-old center-back Tamas Kadar played in the preliminary rounds for Hungary, but like Carroll is out injured right now, and is not participating in the Championships.
Spain now look in danger of being eliminated following their 2-1 loss against Germany in their opening game.
Newcastle’s 6’3″ striker Fabio Zamblera was a late substitute for Italy against England on Thursday night, coming on for Paloschi, after 83 minutes, to make his second appearance of the tournament.
England U19 Button, Cork, Tomkins, Pearce, Bertrand, Gibbs,Rose (Delph 76), Moses, Mee, Sturridge, Sears (Sinclair 87).
Subs Not Used: Steele, Mattock, Gosling, Chandler, Obadeyi.
Italy U19 Fiorillo, Darmian, Bruscagin (Albertazzi 65),Tagliani, Gentili, Mazzarani (Raggio Garibaldi 46), Forestieri,Poli, Bonaventura, Paloschi (Zamblera 83), Okaka Chuka.
Subs Not Used: Pinsoglio, Eusepi, Formiconi, Marchetti.
Ref: Olivier Thual (France).