England’s Under-19s are two-time European champions after coming from behind to beat Israel 3-1 in Slovakia.
The Young Lions came roaring back after a poor first half that saw them overcome Israeli midfielder Oscar Gloukh’s brilliant solo shot (40).
But Callum Doyle (52) equalized for England in the second half to take the game into extra time, before goals from Carney Chukwuemeka (108) – his third of the tournament – and Aaron Ramsey (116) ensured it was the side of Ian Foster. The throphy.
With the 2020 and 2021 editions canceled due to the covid-19 pandemic, England, who lost finals in 2005 and 2009, have now won two of the previous four competitions after last tasting success in 2017.
England Player Ratings
England: Cox (7), Oyegoke (7), Quansah (7), Edwards (8), Doyle (8), Chukwuemeka (7), Scott (7), Bynoe-Gittens (7), Devine (7), Vale (7 ) ), Scarlett (7).
Substitutes: Ramsey (8), Norton-Cuffy (7), Iroegbunam (7), Chambers (7), Delap (7).
Man of the match: Callum Doyle.
Young Lions win again
England were heavy favorites heading into the final at Trnava’s Anton Malatinsky Stadium after beating Israel 1-0 in the tournament’s group stage.
But it was their opponents, appearing in the final for the first time, who deservedly led at halftime and might have been further ahead had it not been for a tough defence.
The Young Lions struggled to cope with Israeli midfielder Gloukh for long stretches and it was the 18-year-old who put his side ahead with a fantastic individual finish five minutes before half-time.
The teenager picked up a pass inside the box and, despite being surrounded by white shirts, produced exquisite skill to lose his marker and fire a searing shot past England goalkeeper Matthew Cox for his third goal of the tournament.
Israel U19 head coach Ofir Haim named an unchanged starting XI following his team’s 2-1 victory over France in the semi-finals.
Attacking midfielder Oscar Gloukh started in 10th place once again, with striker Ahmad Ebraheim leading the way.
England Under-19 boss Ian Foster made three changes following Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Italy in the quarter-finals.
Daniel Oyegoke, Alex Scott and Jamie Bynoe-Gittens replaced Brooke Norton-Cuffy, Timothy Iroegbunam and Aaron Ramsey in the starting lineup.
Israel, whose only other appearance in this competition was in 2014, dominated for long stretches, but England nearly leveled in first-half stoppage time with their only shot on target.
Israel number 1 Tomer Tzarfati loosed a cross to allow Tottenham striker Dane Scarlett to turn and shoot, but the goalkeeper redeemed himself to avoid it.
English manager Foster’s words at half-time seemed to inspire his players and it wasn’t long before they were back in the final.
Borussia Dortmund’s Jamie Bynoe-Gittens forced a corner when his ferocious shot was deflected behind at the near post by Tzarfati. Jarell Quansah headed in a cross from Alfie Devine, and Doyle converted the ball at the far post.
Chukwuemeka could have won it in normal time, but his long-range shot bounced off the post with Tzarfati beaten, while Israel also had their chances with the impressive Gloukh at the center of most of their attacks.
But it was England who looked fitter and stronger as the game headed into extra time and their persistence paid off with the penalty shootout to come.
Captain Harvey Vale’s left-footed cross from outside found Chukwuemeka to put England ahead, but Israel almost hit back when Gloukh’s slice volley required a Doyle clearance from the line. However, there were four minutes to go and the result was beyond doubt, Ramsey taking advantage of the good work of Liam Delap.
‘Means everything’ | ‘We deserved it’
England Under-19 boss Ian Foster saying UEFA.com: “Credit to Israel, in the first half they were by far the better team. The only positive thing about the first half is that it was only one.
“We changed a couple of things at half time, and I think over the course of the second 45 minutes and overtime, we were deserved winners.
“I am delighted for the players. They have worked very, very hard. Not only in this camp, but also in March and November to get us here.”
Who is England Under-19 manager Ian Foster?
Ian Foster was part of Steve Cooper’s England U17 coaching staff in 2017 when they won the World Cup in India.
He later took over as England U18 manager during a period of calendar disruption due to Covid-19, but oversaw a record seven wins and two draws from nine games and was later promoted to U19 manager.
england u19 captain harvey ok said: “We definitely didn’t make it easy for ourselves, especially in that first half. We never stopped believing. The togetherness in this group, the 21 players, the whole staff, play a part in that. We never hide from the fact that we know that we can win games, no matter the score. I think that’s really got us to this point and that’s what’s made us win this tournament.
“It means everything. We have all seen England teams in the past and dream of playing for an England team, never mind winning a trophy for your country. I don’t think there is a better honor than that in football. It means the world to everyone.” us. Having family here, people here who have watched us and sacrificed our whole lives, it’s amazing. I’m so proud.”
Carney Chukwuemeka: “I’m buzzing. I didn’t know what to do when I scored. Adrenaline shot up and I started running. We got the win and lifted the trophy. You can’t ask for much more. You dream of times like this and for this to actually happen is a dream come true “.
aaron ramsey: “It means everything. I’ve been with the England setup since I was 16, so all that hard work from there, going from training camp to now winning it, I don’t think many players can say that.” .”
After the match, England’s senior captain harry kane congratulated the U-19s on Twitter.
“Brilliant boys. Well done and enjoy the celebrations,” he posted.
Southgate will be watching
Dan Sansom of Sky Sports:
The last time the U19s tasted success at the European Championships five years ago, the team that beat Portugal in the final included Mason Mount, Reece James and Aaron Ramsdale, all of whom have become full internationals under the Directed by Gareth Southgate.
It has been a convincing campaign in Slovakia for the Young Lions in general. They topped their group with wins over Austria, Serbia and Israel before beating Italy in the semi-final to maintain their perfect record en route to the final, conceding just one goal en route.
Despite a difficult opening 45 minutes in which the Young Lions conceded for the first time since open play, Foster’s side have impressed throughout this summer’s competition. It may be too late to earn a call-up to this year’s World Cup in Qatar, but there are sure to be some in this squad who can set a realistic goal of being on the plane for the 2026 tournament in Canada, Mexico and the United States. Joined. USA. England’s future is bright.
England’s success in junior tournaments
- Winners of the U-20 World Cup in 2017 (beating Venezuela 1-0 in the final)
- Winners of the European Under-19 Championship in 2017 (beating Portugal 2-1 in the final)
- Winners of the U-17 World Cup in 2017 (beating Spain 5-2 in the final)
- Winners of the European Under-19 Championship in 2022 (beating Israel 3-1 in the final)
- England have won the European Under-19 Championship twice (2017 and 2022)
- English striker Dane Scarlett scored a total of eight goals during the competition (six in qualifying and two in the final)
- Reaching the final, this was Israel’s best result in the tournament. His previous best was the group stage in 2014
- Oscar Gloukh and Carney Chukwuemeka scored three goals in the finals, just one less than the tournament’s top scorer and French striker Loum Tchaouna.