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.
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