England U19 0-5 France U19: Young Lions crash out of the Euros after thumping defeat in Finland
- Reigning champions England out at group stage of U19 European Championship
- They were well beaten by impressive France in Group B match in Vassa, Finland
- Paul Simpson’s side left third in the pool as they miss out on the semi-finals
England’s under-19s side have been dumped out of the European Championships after a heavy defeat against an impressive France side.
The Young Lions came into the tournament in Finland as reigning champions, having beaten Portugal in the final last summer.
However they were comprehensively outplayed by the French in Vassa – who had 22 shots on goal while England had only three – leaving them third in Group B behind their opponents and pool winners Ukraine.
England’s under-19s side have been dumped out of the European Championships
Reigning champions England were comprehensively beaten by impressive France in Finland
England’s youngsters were left dejected after they came third in Group B and were eliminated
MATCH FACTS AND GROUP TABLE
England (4-3-3): Balcombe; Sterling, Tanganga, Chalobah, Lewis; Tavernier, Ferguson (Sanders 46), Gallagher (Bayliss 84); Kirby, Hirst (Brereton 64), Embleton
Bookings: Tavernier 31, Brereton 81
France (5-4-1): Diouf; Sissoko, Dembele, Kamara, Sarr, Cozza; Diaby (Matondo 76), Soumare, Cuisance, Alioui (Gouiri 57); Maolida (Pintor 70)
Goals: Alioui 28, 56, Maolida 41, Gouiri 63, 69
Their only consolation is that by coming third in the group they have earned a shot at a play-off for the 2019 U20s World Cup – of which England are also defending champions. They play Norway for a place in next summer’s tournament in Poland.
The U19s were managed by Paul Simpson, who guided the U20s to glory in South Korea last summer, but were missing several eligible star names, including Manchester City’s Phil Foden, Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon
However Nabil Alloui put France ahead in the 28th minute, before Myziane Maolida made the task doubly difficult with a strike four minutes before the break. Elliot Embleton struck the crossbar in the first half for England.
Amine Gouiri scored twice in the second half for France after coming on as a substitute
Gouiri’s late goals set up France for a second successive 5-0 victory at the tournament
Alioui scored his second and France’s third 11 minutes after the interval, before two quickfire strikes by Amine Gouiri sealed a miserable day for England.
Middlesbrough winger Marcus Tavernier had a consolation goal disallowed for offside, in a match where England only needed a draw to reach the semi-finals.
However they never looked like matching a French side who, after losing their opening game against Ukraine have emerged as one of the competition’s most impressive forces. This was their second consecutive 5-0 victory.
Ukraine – who beat Turkey 1-0 in Group B’s other game – play Portugal in the last four, while France take on Group A winners Italy.