Reiss Nelson won and converted a penalty as England under-21s ended a deeply disappointing European Championships with a 3-3 draw against Croatia.
The 19-year-old was on the bench for the first two games of the competition – defeats to France and Romania – but was finally given a start for tonight’s dead rubber in San Marino.
It didn’t take long for our man to make an impact, as his quick feet drew a foul from Branimir Kalaica. Reiss dusted himself down and calmly slotted home.
Can’t believe Sessegnon was starting ahead of Nelson. Lose first two games with Reiss playing no part. Starts the third game and took him only 11 minutes to win and score a penalty. Boothroyd got it completely wrong with team selections.
— Darren (@DF_Arsenal) June 24, 2019
Despite a positive start the Young Lions’ fallibilities at the back once again came back to haunt them.
Josip Brekalo cancelled out Nelson’s strike before the break and even though James Maddison and Jonjoe Kenny put England ahead twice more, Brekalo’s equaliser eight minutes from time was enough to secure a 3-3 draw.
In the other game in Group C, Matteo Guendouzi played 90 minutes as France and Romania drew 0-0. Both teams progress to the semi-finals.
Despite winning their first two games, Krystian Bielik’s Poland were knocked out last night after a 5-0 defeat to Spain in their final group game. La Roja’s win sets up a showdown with Les Esports. Germany will play Romania on the other side of the draw.