England U21 4-0 France U21: Emile Smith Rowe, Noni Madueke, Curtis Jones and Jacob Ramsey net in thumping win | Football News
Emile Smith Rowe’s first aim in 9 months helped England Under-21s proceed their Euros countdown in model with a 4-0 thumping of France.
The Arsenal ahead’s second-half header ended his wait earlier than late objectives from Noni Madueke, Curtis Jones and Jacob Ramsey wrapped up a complete victory.
It was Smith Rowe’s first begin – for membership or nation – since final June after an injury-ravaged season with Madueke additionally stealing the present with a starring efficiency off the bench.
Goalkeeper James Trafford needed to cease Manu Kone and Rayan Cherki in the primary half however England quickly improved after the break on the King Power Stadium to seize an announcement win.
They now play Croatia at Craven Cottage on Tuesday in their remaining pleasant earlier than Euro 2023.
Boss Lee Carsley will use the sport to positive tune forward of the Euros, the place the Young Lions face the Czech Republic, defending champions Germany and Israel in Georgia.
How England U21s thrashed France
Having crushed Germany and Italy in September there’s loads of room for optimism however England initially struggled in opposition to the guests.
France have been slicker and smoother than their hosts however their remaining ball routinely allow them to down.
The Young Lions’ last-ditch makes an attempt to cease them discovering area labored till they wanted Trafford to disclaim Cherki after a neat interchange with Matthis Abline.
Smith Rowe and Harvey Elliott did not make an affect and Cameron Archer was bullied by Chelsea’s Benoit Badiashile and Mohamed Simakan.
The Aston Villa striker, on mortgage at Middlesbrough, did have a sniff when Djed Spence’s cross deflected and looped to the far put up however Lucas Chevalier smothered the hazard.
Trafford turned Kone’s vicious strike over simply earlier than the break because the Young Lions contained, slightly than managed, the guests.
But after the restart England have been constructive and acquired their reward 5 minutes into the half.
Oliver Skipp seized on Badiashile’s free move and discovered skipper Morgan Gibbs-White. The midfielder was given an excessive amount of area and his positive cross picked out the unmarked Smith Rowe to move in from six yards.
From there England have been snug and they added three objectives to seal the win, with Madueke’s 24-minute cameo essential.
First, with 13 minutes left, substitutes Tommy Doyle, Madueke and Ramsey mixed to slide in Madueke and the Chelsea winger drilled low previous Chevalier.
Then simply two minutes later Madueke discovered area on the left and crossed low for Jones to clip in from shut vary.
Ramsey then added the gloss to the efficiency with 4 minutes left when Madueke’s intelligent ball allowed him to fireside in from 5 yards.