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Published 28 March 2023 4 min read
Men's U19

Report: England MU19s 2-0 Turkey

Written by:

Chris Swoffer

Young Lions miss out on U19 EURO Finals spot despite victory in their final group game in Chesterfield 

England men’s under-19s ended their UEFA U19 EURO elite qualifying round games with a 2-0 win over Turkey but miss out on a spot at this summer’s Finals.

Second-half goals from Amario Cozier-Duberry and George Hall proved enough to get the win in Chesterfield for Simon Rusk’s team.

But the result was only enough to secure second spot in their group following Iceland’s victory over Hungary at St. George’s Park.

And it’s Iceland who progress to the Finals in Malta this summer, as they finish top to go through with seven points following their crucial win over England on Saturday.

While there were no goals in the first half, England enjoyed the better of the game by playing at a high intensity.

With captain Darko Gyabi and his midfield partner Charlie Webster controlling the flow of the game from the centre, the Young Lions worked themselves into several good situations without being able to break the deadlock.

But they didn’t have to wait long after the break, as Cozier-Duberry showed great control in the area to twist and turn inside the box before calmly slotting home into the bottom corner to put England ahead.

England had James Beadle to thank for keeping them ahead on the hour mark too, as the keeper made a stunning save at point-blank range to deny Turkey’s Emre Demir.

The importance of that save was illustrated moments later when Hall doubled the advantage with a bullet header to make it 2-0.

England comfortably managed the game from there, but could do nothing about what was happening in the other game where Iceland also grabbed two second-half goals to progress.

England: 1 James Beadle (Crewe Alexandra, loan from Brighton & Hove Albion), 2 Reuell Walters (Arsenal), 3 Luke Chambers (Kilmarnock, loan from Liverpool), 4 Charlie Webster (Chelsea), 7 Sonny Perkins (Leeds United), 8 Darko Gyabi (Leeds United) (c ), 10 Kobbie Mainoo (Manchester United), 11 George Hall (Birmingham City), 15 Ashley Phillips (Blackburn Rovers), 18 Lewis Hall (Chelsea), 20 Amario Cozier-Duberry (Arsenal)

Substitutes: 9 Divin Mubama (West Ham United) for Perkins 71, 19 Reyes Cleary (West Bromwich Albion) for Cozier-Duberry 79, 14 Will Dickson (Manchester City) for Mainoo 88, 6 Adam Wharton (Blackburn Rovers) for Webster 88, 16 Lee Jonas (Liverpool) for Hall 88

Substitutes not used: 5 Ben Nelson (Doncaster Rovers, loan from Leicester City), , 12 Omari Forson (Manchester United), 13 Joe Whitworth (Crystal Palace), , 17 Zak Sturge (Chelsea),

Head coach: Simon Rusk

Goals: Amario Cozier-Duberry 47, George Hall 64