England Maintain 100% Record – Play Italy In Semi-Final


The England U-19 side recorded their third win in Group B today when they beat Croatia 2-1 in Germany and so finish top of their group with a 100% record and move into the semi-finals.

Goalkeeper Freddie Woodman again played the whole game for England, but couldn’t keep a clean sheet after England had gone into a comfortable 2-0 lead after only 10 minutes.

U19 England v U19 Croatia - UEFA Under19 European Championship

England U-19 side before game against Croatia

The talented Newcastle goalkeeper was beaten by a terrific drive from Nikola Moro just before the hour mark to make the score 2-1.

And that was England’s third successive 2-1 victory of the competition.

An early goal from Izzy Brown after only 4 minutes was followed up by an own-goal from Croatian defender Silvio Anocic after 10 minutes, as England rushed into a 2-0 lead before Croatia pulled a goal back in the second half.

Aidy Boothroyd’s side will now play Italy in Thursday’s semi-final with Italy finishing second in Group A to Portugal.

Both countries had 5 points and a goal difference of +1 and had drawn their game 1-1,  but the decider was that Portugal scored 6 goals to Italy’s 3 goals.

Germany failed to qualify from Group A so the final will be between England or Italy and Portugal or France, which is the other semi-final.

Teams:

England U-19s: 1 Freddie Woodman (Newcastle United); 5 Taylor Moore (RC Lens), 6 Dael Fry (Middlesbrough), 14 Reece Oxford (West Ham United), 2 Jonjoe Kenny (Everton); 12 Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham Hotspur), 8 Josh Onomah (Tottenham Hotspur), 14 Ryan Ledson (Everton); 10 Sheyi Ojo (Liverpool), 17 Ademola Lookman (Charlton Athletic), 11 Izzy Brown (Chelsea).
Substitutes: 18 Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal) for Moore 78
Substitutes not used: 4 Jordan Rossiter (Glasgow Rangers), 13 Sam Howes (West Ham United), 7 Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), 9 Dominic Solanke (Chelsea), 15 Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea)
Goals: Izzy Brown 4, Silvio Anocic 10

Croatia U-19: 12 Ivan Nevistic; 2 Matej Hudecek, 5 Vinko Soldo, 6 Karlo Plantak, 3 Silvio Anocic; 18 Kristian Jakic; 17 Matija Fintic, 14 Luka Ivanusec, 10 Andrija Balic, 7 Josip Brekalo; 16 Nikola Moro (c)
Substitutes: 9 Fran Brodic for Brekalo 38, 8 Bojan Knezevic for Fintic 61, 13 Ivan Bozic for Moro 77
Substitutes not used: 1 Karlo Letica,11 Davor Lovren, 15 Marijan Cabraja.
Goals: Nikola Moro 58

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257 comments so far

  • JDdubai

    Jul 18, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #1

    Dont mind any players leaving, this is as good a season to clear out anyone who doesnt want to be here and start afresh with players who will but a gut on the pitch when We are up against it.

    Would rather we replaced them before they were sold tho as it always adds a fee million onto the price when you have it already in your pocket.

    Wini, Sissoko, Janmaat, Krul, Tiote – dont mind if all go as for the first time in a long time i feel like Rafa will get the money to replace them all this window and if Wini goes this week then we still have weeks before Fulham.

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  • firebug666

    Jul 18, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #2

    Well done England U21s three wins all 2-1, If they keep that up for the semi and final I’ll be happy, a little pride coming back into the England set up.

    Flogging is too good for the seniors.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 18, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #3

    Lot of steam building up from various press outlets about Gini leaving.

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  • expatmag

    Jul 18, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #4

    Firebug

    I read earlier that Spurs are signing a winger from Marseille for 11 million quid which would free up the money for them to sign Thauvin back pernanently. Rafa doesnt want to send him back there on loan.

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  • expatmag

    Jul 18, 2016 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #5

    TUFF

    He is gone mate.

    Question is for how much.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 18, 2016 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Gini, who kept quiet, has turned out to be easier to sell(if this is true) than Moussa “wantaway” Sissoko, who hasn’t shut up about signing elsewhere for over 2 seasons. I wonder if other clubs are stand-offish because of that attitude?

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 18, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Ooof! I see fallout from Bobbybee s post in last thread. I’m not sure it’s ok to call someone a paedophile on a public forum. Not without a bit of legal hoo-haa that is.

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  • firebug666

    Jul 18, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #8

    expat

    Yeah but Rafa also said that the boy has skills, and he always knew he had. He wants him to keep on working hard and improving and then he will decide. For me this one is 50/50, He may want to leave in which case Rafa will most likely let him. But reading between the lines, he may keep him as cover on the left wing.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #9

    expat – if it is 27million great – or anywhere near that.

    See Owen Coyle now saying it is the Venkys who will decide if Hanley is sold.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Even if Gini was just as keen to leave, he has been quieter and much more professional about it.

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  • Nufc-83

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #11

    Firebug that all contributes but if you think of the main reason in terms of play style why shelvey failed it’s blatant.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #12

    Mark I think soap-boxing yourself like Moussa has done doesn’t do his agent any favours. A potential buyer will have his job made easier knowing a player wants to leave at all costs. His agent should have told him to keep his trap shut and bang in a quiet request.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #13

    YCMIU
    Haha u just dont like Sissoko mate

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #14

    Delighted if gini moves for 25m. He was pathetic for 3/4 of the season and one of the reasons why we got relegated.

    Good riddance.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #15

    Wwsbrd

    I dont deny it, mate 😀

    I have grown tired of his constant moaning about wanting to play CL football, while not REALLY doing anything to justify it.

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  • funlovingexpress

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #16

    If we sell Gini for £27 million, a huge mistake IMO, how much do you think the club will receive?

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #17

    About as legal as calling somebody a psychopath tsunki. Psychopaths are generally people with murderous intent. Like i say, i have the same evidence to back up my claim as he has – zilch. Can’t take it, don’t give it out. Dead simple.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Shelvey couldn’t be made to fit in the team we had last year. Our defensive priorities meant we had to batten it down with a solid hard working defensive midfield, there was no room at all for shelvey to move around and pick out his range passing. Consequently his head would drop as he searched vainly for the ball and his passing didn’t just become poor it was laughable.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #19

    Tsunki

    Yeah, thats exactly my point about sissoko. I understand players wanting to move on from a club like NUFC (at least the way we have been recently), and especially now we are in the championship, but Moussa has been fluttering his lashes and winking at Arsenal for the best part of 2 years, and not being subtle about it.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #20

    YCMIU
    Well good thing Gini is leaving now before he ends up in the same bag mate

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  • firebug666

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #21

    Nufc-83

    He was played in DM as a deep lying playmaker, but spent most of his time standing with his hands on his hips, or pointing back to goal. He lack the vision we hoped he had, and misplaced too many passes, looked lost when we came under pressure, and rarely pressed beyond the half way line.

    Tactics, team cohesion etc. played a big part in it, and the lack of desire from all the team showed a lot of good players up. The whole thing was a shambles from pre season til Rafa. Shelvey was just another cog that got all rusty and lost efficiency.

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  • JDdubai

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #22

    Moussa and Wini are a perfect example of how you conduct yourself when wanting a move. Both want to leave but Wini has pretty much kept his mouth shut and Sissoko has been talking up moves for the past 18 months publicly.

    In this day and age there is no need for Sissoko to spout this crap every chance he gets, his agent is talking to the other clubs 24/7 to find a move id guess so why talk publicly, other than to just piss off the fans..

    Both can move, Wini with best wishes, Moussa not so much.

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  • Nufc-83

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #23

    Tsunki yes pretty much there was a total lack of movement in the team with nobody making good runs or creating space to receive the ball (Shelvey became guilty as most of this). Shelvey’s main attribute is to pick the ball up and play that killer pass through and the fact mitro who was as static as anyone (not really his fault as running behind is not his game) really made Shelvey useless.

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  • funlovingexpress

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #24

    A psychopath is someone who is devoid of all emotion. It does not mean they have a murderous intent, though granted it does make murdering someone a whole lot easier if you don’t feel any emotions.

    It was commonly thought that one in every 200 people living in the UK (English studies) were psychopaths.

    Some research has sown that it could be one in every 5. Though I discount that research.

    Thats the scientific view.

    However….

    On blogs we should all try to get on. Yes we all disagree with each other from time to time but tit for tat name calling will only ever resort in ill feeling over a long period of time.

    No matter how justified we all think we are.

    Life is to short.

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  • JDdubai

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Maybe not quite “best wishes” for Wini as he was none existent for large parts of LY when we really needed him, but more “meh, he can go fine”

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  • Nufc-83

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #26

    Play Shelvey with Gayle and you get w lot of goals.

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  • Nufc-83

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #27

    Sorry phone is playing up but u get the gist

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #28

    Bobby,

    I would say you have as much reason to call each other psychos because you both keep on at each other on here, and neither of you is willing to move on/ignore the other. Its a bit of a stretch, yes, but internet arguments have escalated to some really bad things happening. I dont personally think either of you are psychopaths, but it is either both of you or none of you that qualify…

    I would offer advice and say you should retract the peado comment, because nothing that has been said in the past even slightly points to it, and has never had anything to do with such a vile practice.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #29

    That’s true, mitrovic not the guy to run onto a long ball generally, hasn’t got pace or vision that you see in someone like defoe who knows exactly where a defenders blind spot is. Add to that we didn’t have pacy wingers, but one trier (janmaat) who isn’t that great with the ball at his feet, and one tricky one (townsend) who made up in skill what he lacked in pace. Both with an eye first on defending which made them reticent at times. I don’t count sissoko as he generally bounced up and down the field regardless of whatever position he seemed to be played. No out and out pacy wingers who could anticipate and control the flight of a long ball while running is what I’m trying to say ha ha.

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  • jayphoto

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #30

    @bobbybee – theres a test for psychopathy, I test at 70% on the scale which makes me a psychopath in psychological terms and have no murderous intent. Just a complete lack of empathy and attachment to other people
    Its a pretty common condition, like 1 in 100 people suffer from it, I hardly doubt 250000 people in the uk are murderous….
    David James suffers from it also.
    Hardly the same as being a pedophile….

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #31

    JDdubai
    Sissoko has done more for this club than Gini has, hid less, contributed more, played out of position, was made captain and did it while getting booed

    Aye seems fair to give him the finger while patting the Gini on the back (if u can find him that is his superpower of invisibility is bleeding impressive)

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  • JDdubai

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #32

    Think we need a winger almost as much as a CB. Dont see Aarons lasting a full season without breaking down, Perez isnt a wide player so that just leaves Ritchie assuming Wini and Sissoko leave….

    Wouldve liked to see us go for Andre Gray up front too, proven he can score in the Champ and potential for the PL. cant see him being available but would be worth a try.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #33

    Wwsbrd

    I would have been just as hard on gini if he had started p1ssing and moaning. He also didnt do anything to justify a big move. We are probably going to be better off without either of them.

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  • expatmag

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #34

    YCMIU

    Agrew with you regarding the paedo comments. Not necessary nor nice and should be retracted. Leaves a bad taste really.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #35

    Bobbybee, given your renowned leaning towards boiling over, you could be labeled with the “psycopath” epithet in the same manner of creatively humoured hyperbole as “Psycho” Pearce. To counter by saying someone could equally be a paedophile, and in a public blog, merely cements the accusation against you. I’ll advised retort I would say.

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  • G

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #36

    @bobbybee 100% out of order. Leave that sort of mudslinging to the trolls on Twitter.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #37

    Should have gone with Schizo, nut job, crackpot or such like…

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  • Average_Contents

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #38

    Just heard from a mate who’s a scouser (but supports us) and he reckons from someone in the know that the fee isn’t anywhere near £25-30m for wini, more like £15-17m. And it’s not near done yet.

    How on planet earth is Ibe worth similar to wini? Double more like.

    I’m taking it with a pinch of salt but thought I’d share. Anyway I trust rafa to see us right. First time in a long long time I’ve said that about an nufc manager lol

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  • expatmag

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #39

    FIREBUG

    I would love to see Thauvin stay. When I was over there last year, he didnt impress me in the games I watched him in but that was under McLaren and the team in general failed.

    We do need wingers to feed Mitro because his strength us feeding off crosses. Ritchie Aarons and Thauvin could be the solution. One more winger would be nice too.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 18, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #40

    I prefer ‘slimy urticating worm’ ha ha seems to cover all bases without getting me dragged into a courtroom. So far anyway 🙂

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