England’s Under 21 side could once again be on the verge of re-entering the history books as on Wednesday evening they took an inspired 3-0 victory over their Israeli counterparts in the semi finals of the Euro Under 21 Championships, and it means they are through to the final of the tournament for the first time since 2009.
Lee Carsley’s side put in a commanding performance, and with goals coming from Morgan Gibbs-White (Nottingham Forest), Cole Palmer (Manchester City) and Cameron Archer (Aston Villa), the margin of victory could well have been larger as ahead of opening the scoring, Gibbs-White had already spurned an opportunity from the penalty spot in the 17th minute of the tie.
The Young Lions will now face Spain in Saturday’s final, and they will be looking to lift the tournament trophy for the first tie since way back in 1984 – and given they are yet to concede a goal in the tournament, confidence and spirits are high that they will, in fact, manage just that.
Having played a pivotal role in the victory, midfielder Gibbs-White was naturally one of the first players to meet with the media following the full time whistle, and whilst he was naturally delighted with the win, he knew the squad ‘still have loads of work to do’ if they are to achieve their aim of taking the tournament outright.
“It’s hard to put into words. We’ve been working for the past two years just to get to this moment. It’s not an achievement yet, we still have loads of work to do. I feel like we have a good together team and the right team that can go all the way.”
When boyhood Wolverhampton Wanderers fan left the Molineux for the City Ground at the beginning of the year, plenty of eyebrows were raised on football today at the reported £42.5 million fee, but the 23 year old really has not looked back since, and having helped them to avoid relegation from the Premier League, he is in the perfect form to capitalise on his prior experience as a member of the Under 17 squad that lifted the World Cup back in 2017.
“A couple of players played in that who are playing in this team now. I feel confident. Obviously,there’s always room to improve. My main role for the team is just to try and help the team as much as possible on and off the ball. I feel like assists have been a big part of my game this season and I’ve carried that into the tournament. It’s just about trying to get more goals now. Full focus is on Saturday and just the team. I got us into the lead but the main thing is we got the win and we’re into the final.”
All eye’s to Saturday and what will be, will be.
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