After what was a disappointing result in their first game, England took on Romania in the European U21 Championships. Romania had won their first game against Croatia, whilst England was beaten by France.
England needed to win this match to ensure they would still be in the competition. A loss would see them go into the final game against Croatia playing for nothing. The Three Lions went into this competition as one of the favourites. Romania shouldn’t have caused too many issues with the quality England have.
Manager Aidy Boothroyd dropped five players from the first game for this game. Foden was one of them which was a suprise after his brilliant goal. Another was Wan-Bissaka, he didn’t have a great game against France but has played a lot more football this year than his replacement Kenny.
England vs Romania
Romania started off the game the better of the two sides. They had three early chances that they shouldn’t have at least got one goal from. Their closest one coming in the ninth minute, Ivan hitting the post from 12 yards out.
England though grew into the game and started seeing more of the ball as the half went on. They didn’t really threaten in the first half but will have been happy to go in level at half time.
Half time saw Harvey Barnes come off for Sessegnon. Again England controlled the tempo but Romania kept of forcing Henderson into good saves.
Romania broke the deadlock in the 76th minute. Kenny dove into a tackle and took out Coman giving away England’s third penalty in two games! Puscas stepped up and slotted it home to put his side one up.
England replied quickly though through Gray on the 79th minute. The winger cutting in from the left and smashing it into the right-hand side of the goal. But six minutes later and the lead was restored for Romania. A poor clearance from England and Hagi smashed the ball into the bottom left corner.
And then two minutes later on the 87th, Tammy Abraham got England level again. A good ball from Kenny found him in the box and he guided the ball across the face of goal and into the bottom left corner. But Romania wasn’t going to give up, they scored again two minutes after this. What should have been a routine save for Henderson from the 20-yard shot but he fumbled it into the bottom left corner. It appeared England were now as good as out.
Romania ensured that they would be top of their group on the 93rd minute. A half volley by Coman 20 yards out found the top left corner and the game was truly over.
This was highly disappointing for Boothroyd and his U21’s, they hadn’t played anywhere near there best, especially considering they were one of the favourites.
U21 Euro Odds
Now England are out the tournament’s favourites are Germany at 2/1 on Bet365. The favourites take on Romania in Thursday nights semi-final where they are 4/6 to win. Spain are just behind Germany in the odds for the whole competition at 9/4. They take on France in the other semi-final.