Match Report England MU19s 4-0 Serbia

England MU19 have booked their place in the semi-finals of the UEFA U19 EURO and secured a spot at next year’s FIFA U20 World Cup thanks to a 4-0 win over Serbia.

Sunday’s 2-0 win over Austria meant the Young Lions went into Wednesday night’s clash with Serbia knowing that another win would guarantee them a top two spot in their EURO group.

With only eight teams taking part in the EURO U19 finals in Slovakia, the top two teams in each group are guaranteed a place in the semi-finals, and all four sides also qualify for the FIFA U20 World Cup 2023 in Indonesia.

And a brace from Tottenham Hotspur striker Dane Scarlett in the first half put England in the driver’s seat before a stunning goal from Carney Chukwuemeka and a late strike from Daniel Jebbison secured qualification with a game remaining in Group B.

The Young Lions are now hoping to extend their 100 percent record when they take on Israel on Saturday.

Ian Foster’s side already know their semi-final opponents will be either France or Italy as both are unbeaten in Group A and will face off on Friday afternoon.

England took the lead after just five minutes on Wednesday when a dangerous run by Borussia Dortmund’s Jamie Bynoe-Gittens was stopped by the Serbia defence, only for the ball to fall to Carney Chukwuemeka and his pass to Scarlett well controlled and the resulting shot embedded in the bottom corner.

Nikola Knezevic forced a decent save from England goalkeeper Matthew Cox and Scarlett had also saved a try from distance in the first half.

But the Spurs forward was undeniable for his second goal as Brooke Norton-Cuffy’s cross was fumbled into Scarlett by goalkeeper Ognjen Lukic and the ball rebounded to make it 2-0.

Serbia offered a threat and Cox was forced into more stops in the second half but victory was all but guaranteed in the 68th minute thanks to some Chukwuemeka magic.

The Aston Villa midfielder intercepted the ball in the middle of the opponent’s half and, after surging forward, calmly curled a low shot from the edge of the box into the far corner for his second goal of the tournament.

Towards the end of the game England had many more chances and the win was rounded off in stoppage time when substitute Jebbison slotted the ball under Lukic’s body.

England: 1 Matthew Cox (Brentford), 2 Brooke Norton-Cuffy (Arsenal), 3 Callum Doyle (Manchester City), 4 Tim Iroegbunam (Aston Villa), 6 Jarell Quansah (Liverpool), 8 Carney Chukwuemeka (Aston Villa), 9 Dane Scarlett (Tottenham Hotpsur), 11 Harvey Vale (Chelsea) (c), 14 Alex Scott (Bristol City), 16 Bashir Humphreys (Chelsea), 18 Jamie Bynoe-Gittens (Borussia Dortmund)

Substitute: 10. Aaron Ramsey (Aston Villa) for Bynoe-Gittens 60′ 7. Alfie Devine (Tottenham Hotspur) for Iroegbunam 60′ 20. Daniel Jebbison (Sheffield United) for Scarlett 70′ 15. Luke Chambers (Liverpool) for Vale 75′, 12 Daniel Oyegoke (Brentford) for Norton-Cuffy 75′

Substitutes not used: 5 Ronnie Edwards (Peterborough United), 13 Teddy Sharman-Lowe (GK) (Chelsea), 17 Sam Iling-Junior (Juventus), 19 Liam Delap (Manchester City)

head coach: Ian Foster

Goals: Dane Scarlett 5′, 40′, Carney Chukwuemeka 68′, Daniel Jebbison 90+1′

Bookings: Tim Iroegbunam 23′, Jamie Bynoe-Gittens 32′

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