England gained the under-21 European Championship for the primary time since 1984 as Curtis Jones’ aim beat Spain 1-0 in Saturday’s ultimate.
In a dramatic finale in Batumi, Spain captain Abel Ruiz had a 99th-minute penalty saved by Manchester Metropolis goalkeeper James Trafford to protect England’s document of not conceding a aim all event.
“I advised everybody this morning I used to be going to avoid wasting a pen, and when it was a penalty I knew I used to be going to put it aside,” mentioned Trafford, who has been strongly linked with a £19 million ($24 million) transfer to Premier League newcomers Burnley.
“We’re an excellent staff and we imagine that nobody can rating in opposition to us and we confirmed it.”
Lee Carsley’s males gained all six video games in Georgia and Romania to proceed a golden age for England’s youth sides.
The Three Lions are additionally reigning European champions at under-19 stage and gained the under-17 and under-20 World Cups again in 2017.
There was a touch of fortune about the one aim because the ball struck Jones from Cole Palmer’s free-kick in first-half stoppage time and looped into the far nook.
Spain did have the ball in web after the break when Ruiz headed residence solely to be denied by the offside flag.
The Braga striker had a fair higher alternative 20 minutes from time when he headed vast with the aim gaping.
England might even have put the five-time winners away earlier than an unimaginable ending as Arnau Tenas made high-quality saves to disclaim Jones and Noni Madueke a second.
However they wanted Trafford to provide some heroics on the loss of life.
He parried Ruiz’s spot-kick and a follow-up effort from Aimar Oroz to spark wild celebrations among the many England gamers and training workers.
The drama didn’t finish there as Morgan Gibbs-White and Antonio Blanco, who had already been substituted, have been each proven purple playing cards.
Earlier, former Chelsea and Arsenal left-back Ashley Cole, who’s a part of the England teaching workers, had additionally been dismissed from the bench.
However in entrance of the watching Gareth Southgate, England held on to go one higher than the senior aspect managed in shedding the Euro 2020 ultimate two years in the past.