England Near Elimination At Euro U19 Championships

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.
Booked: Bertrand.

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.
Booked: Gentili.

Att: 3,151
Ref: Olivier Thual (France).

9 comments so far

  • beye the great

    Jul 19, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #1

    if zamblera is that good surely he should be first choice for the under 19s

  • AndyNUFC

    Jul 19, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #2

    If Beye is that great surely he should be first choice? Sometimes players are just rested.

  • Tom

    Jul 19, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #3

    why isn’t alan shearer playing for them?

  • AndyNUFC

    Jul 19, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #4

    Because unfortunately Tom he’s just turned 20.

  • Mac

    Jul 19, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Alan Smith. Good points.

    Gives 100%,is not afraid to put the boot in,Has a great engine,is passionate about the Toon.

    Bad points.

    Cannot score a goal his record speaks for itself.Cannot hold up play or create an opening with a half decnt pass. No creativity or vision,gets no assists,breaks up flowing football by giving away needles fouls,gets booked and sent off,has a go at ref when he is clearly in the wrong and gets paid 60000 grand per week
    HHHHHMMMMM Should we keep ?

  • Leo

    Jul 19, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #6

    alan shearer playing for the under 19s? have i went back a decade?

  • chuck

    Jul 19, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #7

    Slow day Ed. ?
    Should read the article, “Why do players snub NUFC” on the “Newcastle mad unofficial site”, those of you who are interested in whats going on behind the scenes at the club, that is.
    Those who consider KK &Ashley to be a heaven sent messianic duo, ignore it.
    For me the piece nails it, my sentiments exactly.
    Keep up the good work Ed., doing a great job !

  • Mick C

    Jul 19, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #8

    Has anyone seen the reported rumour about Andy Caroll being offered to Blackburn in exchange for Stephen Warnock? Sounds like KK does not rate Caroll that much?

    What do you guys think.

  • shearer4pm

    Jul 19, 2008 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #9


    haha 60000 grand a week sixtythousand grand a week haha think u mean sixty grand a week but good points tho, i think we shud keep him till january and see how he goes, cus he surprisingly one player who didnt get injured cud prove useful, although he did pick up a few bookings


You must log in to post a comment.