England Crash Out In Surprise Loss To Italy


The England U-19 side crashed out of the European U-19 Championships today when they lost 2-1 to Italy in the semi-finals after winning all three of their group A games.

Both of the Italy goals came from left-back Federico Dimarco and from set-pieces.

His first came from a penalty in the 27th minute after Fikayo Tomori fouled Andrea Favilli and his second came in the second half after 60 minutes va a free kick.

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Freddie Woodman – England U-19 goalkeeper

An Alberto Picchi own-goal in the 85th minute briefly gave the England side some hope, but it was not to be and Italy advanced to the final.

Italy will now play Portugal or France in the final with their semi-final kicking off at 5:00 pm German time.

England coach Aidy Boothroyd believes his side will learn some valuable lessons from their defeat to Italy today:

“Obviously we’re very disappointed, we think that’s as well as we’ve played in the tournament so far.”

“When you work with development teams, it’s very easy to focus on just results but some of the performances today I thought were excellent.”

“But it’s goals that win games and goals that change games and unfortunately we lost to a very organised and very strong Italian team.”

“I hope and believe today will be a really good lesson for our players because of the hurt that losing a semi-final is – and also because it’s a situation that we can really learn a lot from.”

Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman played every minute of the four games for England, but the team couldn’t repeat their European U-17 Championship win against Germany two years ago.

Local lad Adam Armstrong was injured when the finals began and was therefore not part of the England squad.

England U-19s: 1 Freddie Woodman (Newcastle United); 2 Jonjoe Kenny (Everton), 16 Reece Oxford (West Ham United), 15 Fikayi Tomori (Chelsea), 12 Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham Hotspur); 8 Josh Onomah (Tottenham Hotspur), 4 Jordan Rossiter (Glasgow Rangers) (c); 18 Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal); 9 Dominic Solanke (Chelsea), 7 Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), 11 Izzy Brown (Chelsea).

Substitutes: 10 Sheyi Ojo (Liverpool) for Abraham 58


76 comments so far

  • Spoof

    Jul 21, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #1

    betty

    he may be a bit slow but I agree with you as I can’t understand why he is getting knocked, I can understand concerns about his lack of pace due to Rafa preferring to play a high line at the back but what Rafa certainly doesn’t lack is tactical nouse, I’m sure he will have a set up which won’t allow his lack of pace to be a severe problem, how long have we been begging for a big strong commanding defender to play alongside Colo which never happened and now that we have both Lascellas and Hanley who would have been ideal for Colo we have some who aren’t that happy about it, but never mind we are all entitled to our views !

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 21, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #2

    What a level headed lad Woody is. . Another year out on loan and then he might be ready to challenge for a first team spot – if we can hang on to him.
    Listening to Durham on talksport telling us how well sunlun played last season and what a job hippo heed will do for England. I haven’t slipped into an alternative reality have I? 😉

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 21, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Welcome to the marvellous university of English footballing achievement young man. At the very top of the fabulous tree is Fat Fairy Sam. Think about that for a moment, let it just sink in slowly….

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 21, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #4
  • Bobbybee

    Jul 21, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Spoof from previous. Yup, i’d take Moses as I think he’d rip up this league. Not sure Ings is ready to give up on Liverpool just yet, he’s a confident lad who believes he’s good enough to be there and will expect to feature this season. If he hasn’t featured by January, that might be the time to go for him.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 21, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Tsunki,
    Will Hippo Heeds inflated idea of self importance allow him to realise he is only there because he is the most experienced of a very very bad bunch.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 21, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #7

    But less metallic.

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  • magscar

    Jul 21, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #8

    Bobby

    Just thinking similar with continuing positive vibes from Tsunki and Jail but other posters querying Rafa already – thought must be in the “upside down world of Stranger Things” 😉

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  • hibbitt

    Jul 21, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #9

    some of the posters on here need to step back and look where we are it’s not about players we are buying being good enough for the Prem it’s are they good enough to get us out of the Championship because that’s where we are
    this knocking a player before he ‘s even pulled the shirt on when they have never ever seen him play is just not on
    its going to be a long hard season with no guarantee of promotion

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 21, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #10

    hibbitt,
    Worth a repost on the previous.
    I’m sure people are getting their impression of players from various footballing games, surely nobody on here spent more than 180 minutes watching Blackburn last year!

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  • magscar

    Jul 21, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #11

    How is Ings after his injury lay off?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 21, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #12

    Beat me to it 😀

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 21, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Not sure if there’s enough room on here – cough cough – but could somebody remind me exactly what hippo heed has won to deserve his promotion? Managing NOT to get relegated isn’t inspiring for me. Total failure imo.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 21, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Jail that notion does not exist in FSA’s sphere of reason. If Ignorance is bliss, right now he is ecstatic with vindication that he is the ultimate solution to England’s sporting problems. Whereas the known world thinks absolutely the opposite.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 21, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #15

    Spoof….. I’ve never seen this Hanley kid play so it’s just blind faith in Rafa’s judgement from me. It just winds me up though when people slag players off before they’ve even kicked a ball for us. There’s just no pleasing some folk.

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  • magscar

    Jul 21, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #16

    Before FiFa, Football Manager, SSN and Youtube there was the joy of finding out how good Supermac,Terry Mac, Andy Cole,Rob Lee etc were by watching them live for the first time – Oh bliss!

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  • ToonRich

    Jul 21, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #17

    If we’re looking at creativity thats already got league experience, someone like Wednesdays Fernando Forestieri would be one to look at…

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 21, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #18

    Magscar @8 Is that you starting a provocative private exchange? Tsk Tsk. What’s ‘upside down about being realistic?

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  • magscar

    Jul 21, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #19

    Tsunki

    Not at all just enjoying the postive vibes from most this season ( what’s not to like) and long may it last

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 21, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #20

    Magscar, we’ll sign somebody else and it’ll be all rosy again. There’s plenty to be positive about as long as people remember what we are – a Championship club unable to attract the best of the best. Rafa can do it but he needs time and patience. I heard Janmaat had chosen to stay, according to his agent. He’ll be solid in the Championship for certain.
    Loving how Fergie is backing Hippo heed – the man who when asked who he wanted to win the last world cup said ‘anyone but England’. Tosser.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 21, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #21

    I could imagine the goings on if Wally Brolly had applied for the England job and was appointed or the same scenario with King Percy.
    The old Pro Percy Brigade (now discreditted) and the Wally Brolly Fawners ( now discreditted) would have been on here giving it large about their man.
    ( Yee kna who yeez are).
    Thank heaven for small mercies.

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  • magscar

    Jul 21, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #22

    Btw ” upside down” is an alternative dimension ( I think) other aficionado’s of programme may correct me. Hence my connection to Bobby’s post.

    I mentioned you and Jail as you had been posting. There are other regulars who haven’t quite let go of the “old reality” yet but end of August with window closed and some games under our belt might allow them to begin to believe we are on the up as a club.

    Your realism as opposed to your jaundiced view is very welcome and I can see why you feel that way so no digs intended.

    Jail has been positive since Rafa arrived of course and his posts have also made for some good reading.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 21, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #23

    good luck to hanley,have’nt seen anything of him so cant and wont comment on his abilities..just have to trust rafas judgement….seems weird to say “trust the manager” here at newcastle…anyways…who’s next?…left back…left wing or striker?

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 21, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #24

    Springy, left wing will do – Anthony Knockeart from Brighton. We need to pick the better players from our rivals and he’s top of my tree. Love to see him rampaging for us than against us.

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  • magscar

    Jul 21, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #25

    Mister Tuff

    But where are the Allardyce Aficionado’s shouting – Sam’s the Man I told you so!

    Mebbe’s his signing for Mackems completely turned them off?

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  • Krul To Be Kind

    Jul 21, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #26

    Wijnaldum deal completed for £25m

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  • davis_toons

    Jul 21, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #27

    Shelvy would properly start his first game on the bench. Once Gini is gone, hope that we can get a better midfielder.

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  • magscar

    Jul 21, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #28

    Bobby
    Most are positive just some with unrealistic expectations and dismissive of players before they have kicked a ball for us.

    Rafa won’t get it all right ( nor did KK and SBR) but I do expect him to get most and the important decisions right.

    Not too bothered about England or Ferguson’s views ( why didn’t he mention Moyes ?) FA never surprise me but I hadn’t realised England were in relegation trouble 🙂

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  • davis_toons

    Jul 21, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #29

    Pool is gonna be a force.
    Do they also wanted Shelvy in any case? …just bring along..

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 21, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #30

    Magscar, or maybe they’re none existing mate! He certainly can do no worse than the last couple of decades, but I will be left gobsmacked if he does better. The only upside I can envisage, is that he might play PL style football in Internationals, instead of trying to beat them by changing to their tactics. It’s only a two year contract anyway and who really fancies going to Russia? 🙂

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 21, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #31

    bobby
    were’nt we close to signing knockeart a few year ago?….seems to have done canny is this league.

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  • davis_toons

    Jul 21, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #32

    Sam Allardyce hard to beat England will be there for us to see. Great!

    Do a Greek.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 21, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #33

    Springy, not sure mate, but i’d love to sign him now, regardless of what Brighton might want for him. He’s shone in this league and good enough to step up. No brainer for me.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 21, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #34

    krul to be kind

    someone said he doesn’t have a medical till tomorrow

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 21, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #35

    Yes Davis but for the spectators it’ll be a hard to stay awake England.

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  • dazza

    Jul 21, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #36

    Not happy that we are selling our best players. Hope we can find quality replacements.

    I look at player recruitment as a lottery. Every new player has a chance of making it in the prem. We usually find one player out of every 3 or 4 signings. When we sell two of our players with proven quality we must consider the money we spent on the others that didn’t make it. Makes that 50-60M not look so good to me.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 21, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #37

    bobby
    aye im sure when he was playing in france we were linked with him and in talks…then nowt…then next thing he’s playing for leicester i believe it was….we need another left winger and possibly a left back, winger first as im not a dummett hater,so if he plays see how he gets on under rafa.

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  • dazza

    Jul 21, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #38

    Also, I’m going to say it, I am happy that England went with Big Sam. Better than Klinsmann or Hodgson. I would have loved for Sam to have been in charge at the Euros. We need to play to our strengths (Andy Carrol + Nolan + Wingers) and with a known quality (balls into the box). Something Sam will do. Quit trying to play like Spain!

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 21, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #39

    Springy, got to go, but Dummett is very underrated imo. Like Willo, his distribution is very iffy, but players need to take more responsibility and take it off him early. Defending he’s solid and remarkably quick. Anyway, catchya later hopefully.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jul 21, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #40

    I’d honestly rather Bruce than Fat Sam.

    Bruce at least has a good track record of winning one-off matches and taking underdog teams far in cup competitions.

    His 3-5-2 system might have freshened things up also. Has a defined system he prefers and is good at drilling a defence.

    Allardyce will probably revert to type, expect Andy Carroll to be a fixture in the squad, injuries permitting!

    Anyway, can’t get much worse than a manager that didn’t know how he wanted the team to play after 4 years in charge, the tactically hodgepodge Hodgson!

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