England and Croatia are eliminated from the Euro Espoirs after a lively draw (3-3) on Monday.
Highly anticipated in this Euro Espoirs, England crashed. The English selection finished this group stage with a point total, just like Croatia, which they faced on Monday in their last match. English and Croats fail to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
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Somehow, the scenario of the day symbolizes well the path of the English in this Euro Espoirs, namely the idea that their destiny escaped them. Three times they led the score, and three times Croatia joined them. Nelson on penalty (11th, s.p.), Maddison (48th) and Kenny (70th) found the net for England. Brekalo, author of a double (39th, 82nd) and Vlasic (62nd) scored in the Croatian ranks.
It must be remembered that everything certainly rocked during the initial defeat of the English for their entry in the running against the France team. As they led the score just minutes from the end, Boothroyd's men saw the Blueberries reverse the situation. A scenario they did not recover.
In view of the recent results of England's youth teams and the overall dynamics of selection football across the Channel, this elimination is a big underperformance.