England U21s qualify for European Championship


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England Beneath-21s beat Albania Beneath-21s 3-0 to qualify for the 2023 European Beneath-21 Championship.

The Younger Lions went forward when Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun transformed from shut vary after Gunners team-mate Emile Smith Rowe’s low cross.

Balogun then scored with a header after Charlie Cresswell set him up.

Aston Villa’s Cameron Archer added a 3rd following a high quality run from Everton winger Anthony Gordon earlier than Albania’s Armando Dobra was despatched off late on.

Dobra, who performs for League One facet Ipswich City, was dismissed for 2 bookable offences, the second of which noticed him journey the spectacular Gordon.

England are actually three factors forward of the Czech Republic, who solely have one match left and would end under England if the 2 nations ended on the identical factors due to the head-to-head rule.

Lee Carsley’s facet have solely dropped two factors in eight matches and have two video games to go of their qualifying marketing campaign. They defeated Czech Republic residence and away – beating them 3-1 at Burnley in November after which 2-1 away from residence on Friday.

The 16-team European Championship will happen in Romania and Georgia in June and July 2023, with Belgium, Portugal and Spain additionally certified to affix holders Germany and each host nations.

It’s the ninth successive time England have certified for the event, which is held each two years, nevertheless they haven’t gained it since successive titles in 1982 and 1984.


England U21

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Bursik
  • 12Spence
  • 15Cresswell
  • 5Harwood-Bellis
  • 16JohnsonSubstituted forThomasat 83′minutes
  • 17JonesSubstituted forGarnerat 73′minutes
  • 10Smith RoweSubstituted forGibbs-Whiteat 61′minutes
  • 18DoyleBooked at 74mins
  • 20Abreu de Almeida Gomes
  • 9BalogunBooked at 69minsSubstituted forArcherat 73′minutes
  • 11GordonSubstituted forLewis-Potterat 83′minutes


  • 2Aarons
  • 3Thomas
  • 4Hill
  • 6Garner
  • 7Gibbs-White
  • 8J Ramsey
  • 14Archer
  • 22Trafford
  • 23Lewis-Potter

Albania U21

Formation 4-3-3

  • 12Puja
  • 22Marku
  • 5SelmaniBooked at 40mins
  • 4Bajrami
  • 3Mitaj
  • 8RrapajBooked at 49minsSubstituted forCaraat 61′minutes
  • 21CelhakaSubstituted forSylaat 79′minutes
  • 6KrajaSubstituted forTociat 73′minutes
  • 10DobraBooked at 78mins
  • 20MuciSubstituted forBebeziqiat 80′minutes
  • 14IsmajlgeciSubstituted forKarricaat 61′minutes


  • 2Kalaj
  • 7Cara
  • 9Toci
  • 11Karrica
  • 13Bebeziqi
  • 16Syla
  • 18Muhameti
  • 19Ruci
  • 23Weiper

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