After battling their method to the ultimate, England at the moment are one victory away from taking gold on the 2022 UEFA European Below-19 Championship in Slovakia.
After ending prime of Group B, the Younger Lions then noticed off Italy within the semifinals to e book themselves a berth within the grand finale the place they may face Israel — a facet they’ve already crushed as soon as within the preliminary spherical of the event.
With the semi locked degree towards the Italians at 1-1, the essential breakthrough objective was scored for England by 19-year-old Liverpool defender Jarell Quansah, who headed house a late nook to seal a 2-1 victory.
With a mean age of 18.2 years, head coach Ian Foster’s fledgling squad is brimming with younger expertise, lots of whom are primed to turn out to be the celebs of tomorrow, equivalent to striker Liam Delap, who has already made a handful of senior appearances for Manchester Metropolis, whereas Aston Villa’s Carney Chukwuemeka Tottenham Hotspur’s Dane Scarlett are England prime scorer en path to the ultimate with two objectives every.
They’re looking for to reclaim the European Championship crown gained by the England U19s again in 2017, when the group then coached by Keith Downing vanquished Czech Republic within the semis earlier than defeating Portugal within the ultimate to elevate the trophy.
England went forward early within the second half solely to concede an own-goal nearly immediately to nullify their lead. Nevertheless, one other objective 20 minutes from full time noticed the Younger Lions roar again to assert the spoils in Georgia.
Whereas largely made up of unfamiliar youth gamers on the time, that victorious class of 2017 contained numerous notable names, a number of of whom have gone on to forge profitable careers on the prime of the sport.
England 2-1 Portugal: UEFA European Below-19 Championships Closing, July 15, 2017 — Tengiz Burjanadze Stadium, Gori
Aaron Ramsdale (then of AFC Bournemouth)
One of many greatest names concerned within the ultimate, Ramsdale has since gone on to symbolize England at each degree from the U18s to the senior group, the place he has gained three caps to this point. The goalkeeper was loaned to Chesterfield and AFC Wimbledon earlier than returning to boyhood membership Sheffield United in the summertime of 2020, spending a profitable season with the Blades earlier than sealing his massive £30 million switch to Arsenal in August 2021.
Dujon Sterling (Chelsea)
Chelsea teenager Sterling had the misfortune of scoring the personal objective that drew Portugal degree on the night time. Now aged 22, the right-back remains to be on the books on the Blues, although his solely first-team look got here again in 2017. He has since spent the previous three seasons on mortgage at Coventry Metropolis, Wigan Athletic, and Blackpool.
Jay Dasilva (Chelsea)
Captaining England within the ultimate, Dasilva was one of many many younger gamers who was by no means capable of pressure himself into the primary group and as an alternative was repeatedly despatched out on mortgage. The left-back spent two seasons at Charlton Athletic earlier than becoming a member of Bristol Metropolis, first on mortgage in 2018-19 after which on a everlasting deal the next summer time. He has since gone on to make over 100 appearances for the Robins.
Tayo Edun (Fulham)
Certainly the participant with the longest full title on the event (Adetayo Oluwatosin Olusegun Adio Aduramigba Iretioluwa Edun), the versatile left-sided participant left Fulham in January 2020 having made simply seven first-team appearances in 4 years at Craven Cottage. He first signed for Lincoln Metropolis and even scored towards Liverpool within the third spherical of the 2020-21 EFL Cup. After spending a 12 months in League One, Edun moved up a division to signal for Championship facet Blackburn Rovers, for whom he made 25 appearances final season.
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Easah Suliman (Aston Villa)
Suliman discovered himself on the scoresheet towards Portugal when he reacted shortly to go house a rebounded free kick and provides England the lead. The centre-back by no means made a senior look for Villa and as an alternative hung out on mortgage at Cheltenham City, Grimsby City, and FC Emmen within the Dutch second division with out actually establishing himself wherever. He then signed for Portuguese facet Vitoria de Guimaraes for the 2020-21 season however made solely 18 appearances earlier than becoming a member of second-tier CD Nacional on mortgage the next marketing campaign, making an extra 14 appearances earlier than returning to his guardian membership.
Isaac Buckley-Ricketts (Manchester Metropolis)
Buckley-Ricketts spent two years with Metropolis between 2016 and 2018 however was by no means lucky sufficient to carve himself a first-team alternative in that point. As an alternative, the midfielder was despatched out on a succession of pretty unproductive loans with FC Twente and Oxford United earlier than signing for Peterborough United on a everlasting deal in the summertime of 2018. Once more, he was unable to muscle into the senior squad and left Posh after only one season so as to attempt his hand in non-league soccer with native sides Stretford Paddock, Southport and Warrington City.
Andre Dozzell (Ipswich City)
The son of former Tottenham participant Jason, holding midfielder Dozzell first joined the youth ranks at Ipswich as an eight-year outdated schoolboy in 2008 and went on to spend the following 13 years of his profession at Portman Street earlier than bringing his lengthy affiliation with the membership to an finish in June 2021 with a switch to Championship facet QPR.
Mason Mount (Chelsea)
Arguably essentially the most profitable graduate of the victorious England U19 squad of 2017, Mount has gone on to ascertain himself as an everyday with each Chelsea and the Three Lions’ senior facet, for whom he has collected 31 caps. An ever-present for the Blues since breaking via into the primary group beneath Frank Lampard’s stewardship in 2019-20, the attacking midfielder has gone on to attain 30 objectives in 159 video games for the membership whereas successful the Champions League, UEFA Tremendous Cup and FIFA Membership World Cup in 2021. It was his go which put teammate Kai Havertz via one-on-one with Manchester Metropolis goalkeeper Ederson to attain the objective that clinched 2021 Champions League ultimate.
Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)
Deployed as a left winger, Sessegnon completed as joint-top objective scorer on the 2017 European Below-19 Championship with three objectives to his title. The nimble left-sided participant remodeled 100 appearances for Fulham earlier than lastly making the leap to the highest by becoming a member of Tottenham as a 19-year-old in the summertime of 2019. Nevertheless, the £25 million transfer didn’t bear fruit as Sessegnon struggled to achieve a foothold within the Spurs group. He then spent the 2020-21 season on mortgage in Germany with Hoffenheim. Nonetheless solely 22, there’s loads of time for the teenager to recapture the prodigious kind that noticed him named in consecutive PFA Championship Groups of the Yr (2016-17 and 2017-18) as a young person.
Lukas Nmecha (Manchester Metropolis)
Nmecha scored the successful objective for the U19s within the ultimate and went on to symbolize England as much as U21 degree, at which level he switched worldwide allegiance to Germany earlier than occurring to make six senior appearances for Die Mannschaft. The younger striker’s Metropolis profession by no means actually obtained off the bottom, and following mortgage stints at Preston North Finish, Wolfsburg, Middlesbrough and Anderlecht, he lastly sealed a transfer away from the Etihad in July 2021 when he rejoined Wolfsburg on a everlasting deal, scoring 10 objectives in 31 video games throughout the season that adopted.
Darnell Johnson (Leicester Metropolis)
Having first signed as an academy prospect, Johnson remained at hometown membership Leicester till the summer time of 2021 when he departed after greater than six years, having by no means made a single first-team look. The 23-year-old centre-back hung out on mortgage at Hibernian, Wigan Athletic and AFC Wimbledon earlier than parting firm with the Foxes to signal for Fleetwood City, for whom he performed three video games in League One final season.
Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest)
Brereton completed degree with Sessegnon because the joint prime objective scorer on the event, having discovered the online 3 times. After impressing with Forest as a rookie within the Championship, the teenaged striker made a barely shocking sideways transfer to Blackburn Rovers, first on mortgage for the 2018-19 season after which on a everlasting foundation in the summertime of 2019. Brereton scored 9 objectives in 61 video games in his first two full seasons at Ewood Park earlier than a choice to embrace his South American heritage and accepting an sudden method to play for Chile — the birthplace of his mom — noticed his kind erupt. Certainly, 2021-22 noticed Brereton Diaz (now going by each dad and mom’ names) rating 22 objectives in 39 video games for Rovers as they narrowly missed out on a Championship playoff spot. The rejuvenated ahead additionally made his worldwide debut for La Roja, scoring 4 objectives in 15 appearances together with a debut objective on the 2021 Copa America.
Josh Dasilva (Arsenal)
Dasilva (who isn’t any relation to defender Jay) is a defensive midfielder who got here via the ranks at Arsenal however left to affix Brentford in 2018 with out making a senior look for the Gunners. The 23-year-old has performed over 110 occasions for the Bees since and even mustered 9 video games for his facet within the Premier League final season.
Marcus Edwards (Tottenham Hotspur)
Edwards was the second member of the England Below-19 finalists to enterprise to Portugal with Vitoria de Guimaraes, for whom he signed from Spurs in the summertime of 2019 following middling mortgage spells at Norwich Metropolis and Excelsior. After three years at Vitoria by which the winger scored 20 objectives in 96 video games, Sporting CP got here calling in January 2022 and signed the 23-year-old in a deal reportedly price round £6.6 million.
Reece James (Chelsea)
An unused sub he could properly have been, however that hasn’t stopped James from changing into a Premier League star with Chelsea. Together with teammate Mount, the right-back broke via into the Blues first group in 2019-20 and hasn’t seemed again, making 123 appearances for his boyhood membership and successful each the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Tremendous Cup in 2021.Nonetheless aged simply 22, James has additionally gained 13 caps for the England senior group regardless of taking part in in some of the overstocked positions within the present nationwide setup.
Nathan Trott (West Ham)
A product of the West Ham academy, the goalkeeper remains to be on the books of his boyhood group although he’s presently on mortgage at French Ligue 2 membership AS Nancy Lorraine, the place he spent final season as understudy to first-choice stopper Baptiste Valette.
Jacob Maddox (Chelsea)
The third and ultimate member of this England U19s facet to wind up at Vitoria de Guimaraes, midfielder Maddox joined the Portuguese facet from Chelsea in the summertime of 2019. He has since returned to English soccer after spending the 2021-22 season on mortgage at Burton Albion.