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England fought back from going behind to defeat Israel after extra time and win the European Under-19 Championship.
Oscar Gloch’s clever turn and finish gave Israel the lead before Callum Doyle equalised from close range
Aston Villa’s Carney Chukwuemeka came close to winning it when he hit the post for England, who took control in extra time in Slovakia.
Chukwuemeka chested his side ahead and club-mate Aaron Ramsey sealed victory on a famous night for the Young Lions.
England’s players celebrated wildly at the end after a hard-fought victory against an impressive Israel side.
It is the second time in five years the Young Lions have won the competition, with keeper Aaron Ramsdale, now at Arsenal, and Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount part of the side that were crowned champions in 2017.
After the win over Israel, England’s senior captain Harry Kane congratulated the team on social media.
“Brilliant lads. Well done and enjoy the celebrations,” he wrote.
Memorable night for Young Lions
England had sailed through their group before coming from behind to defeat Italy in the semi-final.
Once again they had to dig deep and do it the hard way after Gloch gave Israel, who had surprised France in the semi-finals, the lead.
For the second successive game, England made a slow start but they got to half-time without conceding a second and turned it around after the break.
Once full-back Doyle had tapped home to make it 1-1 following Jarell Quansah’s header across the six-yard box, Villa’s Ramsey was sent on.
He injected some much needed pace and energy into the play and more chances started to arrive.
Chukwuemeka, who has been one of England’s standout players at this tournament, struck the post in normal time before England seized control with two goals in the second half of extra time.
A lovely pass by captain Harvey Vale allowed Chukwuemeka to make it 2-1 from almost point-blank range and Ramsey struck after fellow substitute Liam Delap had been denied.
There is much to admire about this group of young talent under boss Ian Foster.
They never know when they are beaten and they have shown in Slovakia a togetherness and team spirit that has earned them the title of European champions.
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