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Old Jun 15th 2022, 9:13 pm
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For those not bored with football yet... Slovakia will host the tournament between 18 June and 1 July 2022.



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Matches on BBC - possibly just iPlayer - but also on UEFATV free (although that may depend on where you are).
England vs Austria Sunday, 7.00 pm UK time.

England Under-19 squad:

Goalkeepers: Matthew Cox (Brentford), Harvey Davies (Liverpool), Teddy Sharman-Lowe (Chelsea)

Defenders: Luke Chambers (Liverpool), Callum Doyle (Manchester City), Ronnie Edwards (Peterborough United), Bashir Humphreys (Chelsea), Brooke Norton-Cuffy (Arsenal), Daniel Oyegoke (Brentford), Jarell Quansah (Liverpool)

Midfielders: Carney Chukwuemeka (Aston Villa), Alfie Devine (Tottenham Hotspur), Jamie Bynoe-Gittens (Borussia Dortmund), Sam Iling-Junior (Juventus), Tim Iroegbunam (Aston Villa), Aaron Ramsey (Aston Villa), Alex Scott (Bristol City), Harvey Vale (Chelsea)

Forwards: Liam Delap (Manchester City), Daniel Jebbison (Sheffield United), Dane Scarlett (Tottenham Hotspur).
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So far...Saturday 18 June
Group A:Slovakia 0-5 France (Trnava)
Group A: Italy 2-1 Romania (Dunajská Streda)

Sunday 19 June
Group B: Serbia 2-2 Israel (Žiar nad Hronom)
Group B: England 2-0 Austria (Banská Bystrica)

I watched the England game this afternoon. Standouts for England were Norton-Cuffy of Arsenal, a nice attacking right back and Chukwuemeka of Villa who scored and assisted.
Not as polished as the 2017 version but pretty good.

For Austria, one of the big clubs needs to have a serious look at Yusuf Demir. He looks a star in the making, already has a handful of games for the senior side. Had a loan spell at Barcelona that had some obligation to be made permanent at a cost once he made 10 appearances but they cancelled the loan at 9 games. For €10m they might have had a bargain but according to a quick google their finances wouldn't cover it.

For that sort of fee I wouldn't think twice on taking a chance.
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4-0 flattered England a bit but another great performance from Chukwuemeka. Once or twice he carried the ball a bit too far, almost getting carried away but that should improve in time. He has this incredible knack of running with the ball and before you know it he's passed it. There's no shaping to make a pass, no change of pace involved, it just looks like he's continuing his dribble but the ball is with a team mate.

Spurs' Dane Scarlett looks promising and Callum Doyle was impressive.
A bit worried about Tim Iroegbunam. Looked like he was a candidate for two yellows. Got subbed early second half, perhaps with that in mind.

Guaranteed semi finals which is nice because all four (plus the winner of a play off between the 2 thirds) qualify for next year's World Cup Under 20s.


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Group games completed.
Romania 0–1 Slovakia
France 4–1 Italy

France looked positively frightening. Like a front line of Benzema, Mbappe, Benzema and Mbappe. Speed in getting behind the defence and onto balls round the 6 yard box.
It did strike me that one or two might have been cut out by defenders but it seems Italy made numerous changes having already qualified. Maybe they lost a bit organisationally.




Israel 0–1 England
Austria 3–2 Serbia

England made 7 or 8 changes from the second game, albeit I remember there were a few changes then from the first game so one can't really say it was mostly reserves. Obviously there is much strength in depth.

It's easy to fall into the trap of assuming the normal big nations have the best teams at lower age levels but it's by no means a given. In 2017, Spain, Italy and France didn't qualify for the tournament finals; Spain and Germany missed it in 2018, while Ukraine made the semis and in 2019 Portugal, Spain Italy and France all made it but Ireland got to the semi. Covid saw off the next two and this time neither Spain nor Portugal qualified (and Germany again). Austria qualified instead of Spain. Anyone notice the absence of Belgium? Qualifying is tough.

That said, it does look like Group A has 2 genuinely good teams while B had only England.

England are the only team with no goals conceded. Not a great game against Israel but very much job done.



Semis on Tuesday: England vs Italy and Israel vs France.

Final on Friday.
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Shockingly poor performance from England. Unrecognisable from previous games. The only positive was they came from behind to win.

It sounds glass half empty but they really were asking for trouble.

The keeper, who until today struck me as safe hands and very good with feet, kicked the ball straight to an Italian in the first two minutes. Luckily nothing came of it. Two minutes later he dawdled and had the ball taken off him. Fortunately it was away from goal and as they tried to make something of it a necessary foul was made. Yellow card for the defender on 4 minutes. This was followed by three more passes from the keeper to opponents and his team mates started to do the same. Later in the second half the keeper miscontrolled a gentle backpass to give away a corner. Almost forgot. The keeper played a hospital ball too.

A compete lack of awareness of surroundings led to a penalty when defender Norton-Cuffy (another player with a good tournament to date) was bringing the ball out of the penalty area as he fouled the opponent taking the ball off him. Penalty and 1-0 to Italy.

Italy were really offering little in attack, though, so as long as it stayed 1-0 it would be close.

England had over 10 corners all of them dreadful, either to the keeper, headers too far from goal or overhit with players desperately preventing the throw in, almost setting up a counter attack for the Italians on at least one occasion.

Finally a corner was in the right place and headed home for 1-1. The guy responsible for the awful corners (and one good one) - Alfie Devine - ballooned over from a free kick in a great position. He was replaced as corer kick taker, the new guy floating his first one near the front post where a defender could only help it on to a grateful England lad to nod home. 2-1.

In 7 minutes of stoppage time Italy threatened more than in the previous 94 minutes together.

England broke away, it looked offside but there was no flag from the linesman who was in a good position and there was no VAR. I couldn't believe what I was watching as Oyegoke (I think) drew the keeper and then, instead of playing the ball sideways to Chukwuemeka for a tap in to an empty goal, shot at the keeper. Could have sewn it up but Italy still had a couple more opportunities.

It all seems harsh but that's only because I've seen what these players can do and today it was absent.

If they don't improve on this France will make Viande hachée of them.

I'm not even considering the possibility that Israel will beat France in the other semi.

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I'm not even considering the possibility that Israel will beat France in the other semi.

Into the second half and Israel 1-0 up
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...it does look like Group A has 2 genuinely good teams while B had only England
So naturally France lost to Israel, 2-1, and both finalists come from group B. You can never tell.

England vs Israel in the final Friday.
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