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England U19 4-0 Serbia U19: Tottenham striker Dane Scarlett scores twice as young Three Lions seal Euros semi-final spot with emphatic win in Slovakia… with Ian Foster’s side also booking their place at 2023 U20 World Cup after making last four
- Dane Scarlett opened the scoring for England U19 with low finish under keeper
- Spurs striker poked home second after Brooke Norton-Cuffy cross was fumbled
- Carney Chukwuemeka then killed the game off with fantastic individual effort
- Substitute Daniel Jebbison smartly finished at the near post in stoppage time
Tottenham striker Dane Scarlett scored a first-half brace as England U19’s qualified for the semi-finals of the U19 Euros with an emphatic victory against Serbia.
The 18-year-old opened the scoring after good work from Borussia Dortmund’s Jamie Bynoe-Gittens and Aston Villa’s Carney Chukwuemeka, which allowed the Spurs youngster to slot home past Ognjen Lukic five minutes in.
Scarlett then doubled his tally five minutes before the break, poking home at the near post after Lukic had spilled Arsenal defender Brooke Norton-Cuffy’s inviting cross.
Dane Scarlett scored twice as England U19’s qualified for the semi-finals of the U19 Euros
After a low finish for his first, the Spurs striker poked home a second at the near post (above)
Scarlett (R) took his second goal well after a cross from Arsenal’s Brooke Norton-Cuffy (L)
England U19 (5-3-2): Cox; Norton-Cuffy (Oyegoke 75), Quansah, Humphreys, Doyle, Vale (Chambers 75); Iroegbunam (Devine 60), Chukwuemeka, Bynoe-Gittens (Ramsey 60); Scott, Scarlett (Jebbison 70)
Subs not used: Sharman-Lowe, Edwards, Iling-Junior, Delap
Goals: Scarlett 5, 40, Chukwuemeka 68, Jebbison 90+1
Bookings: Iroegbunam, Bynoe-Gittens
Serbia U19 (4-3-3): Lukic; Lazic, Ilic, Lekovic, Krsmanovic (Ajdar 62); Knezevic (Jojic 45), Petkovic, Miletic; Stankovic (Grgic 78), Lazetic (Ratkov 62), Miladinovic (Motika 45)
Subs not used: Duric, Copic, Kovacevic, Gordic
Bookings: Grgic, Ratkov
England goalkeeper Matthew Cox was kept busy though, making a fine stop from Nikola Knezevic in the first half before making further saves from an improved Serbia side in the second.
But Ian Foster’s team killed the game off when Chukwuemeka scored from a fantastic individual effort, curling a low effort into the far corner inside the penalty area after intercepting the ball halfway inside the Serbia half.
The young Three Lions’ victory was then completed in stoppage time when Daniel Jebbison smartly finished at the near post following fellow substitute Aaron Ramsey’s pass.
Foster’s side will now hope they can end the group-stage part of the tournament with an unblemished record when they face Israel on Saturday in their final Group B fixture.
They will then face either France or Italy, with both Group A sides also unbeaten in the tournament ahead of their meeting on Friday afternoon.
The U19 Euros only consists of eight teams, with the top two sides in the two groups guaranteed a place in the semi-finals.
All the teams who make it to the last four of this year’s tournament will also qualify for the FIFA U20 World Cup, which is set to take place next summer across six venues in Indonesia and will now include England.
The U20 World Cup was set to take place in 2021 but was postponed due to Covid. Defending champions Ukraine will not be able to defend the title they won in 2019 after failing to reach the final round of UEFA World Cup qualifying.
Spain also met the same fate in Euros qualifying, meaning they are not able to defend their crown in the ongoing tournament.
Aston Villa’s Carney Chukwuemeka then killed the game off with a fantastic individual effort
Substitute Daniel Jebbison finished off the scoring with a smart finish at the near post
Ian Foster’s side have also qualified for the U20 World Cup after reaching Euros last four