Charles N’Zogbia’s French Under-21 side were eliminated from next summer’s Under-21 European Championships when Germany scored a last minute goal.
Charles N’Zogbia – will not be going to Sweden next year
So unfortunately Charles will not be joining his Newcastle team-mates Steven Taylor (England) and Xisco (Spain) in Sweden next summer.
The first leg play-off with Germany has been drawn 1-1 in Magdeburg, and with no goals having been scored last night, France were on their way through because they had scored an away goal. But then German defender Benedikt Höwedes scored in the 90th minute when he fired home from close range, and his goal was enough to take Germany through.
It looked like France would be the victors as they had been the better side on the night, at the Stade Saint-Symphorien in Metz, but they didn’t take their chances. And then Höwedes stepped up with his goal that was enough to take Germany through to the finals next June.
That’s a pity for Charles, because it would have been a great experience for the youngster – but that’s life – you win some you lose some.