Internationals: Guehi goal not enough to seal qualification for England Under-19s

Marc Guehi scored for England Under-19s but it was not enough to secure the victory they needed at St George’s Park to advance to this summer’s European Championship finals.

The defender started alongside George McEachran and Tariq Lamptey for the young Lions against Denmark, while Conor Gallagher was summoned from the bench to try to salvage the game late on.

Neil Dewsnip knew beforehand that his team had to beat the Danes and then hope Greece failed to beat Czech Republic in the other group game. However, a 2-2 draw meant England finished third and ultimately miss out on competing in a tournament they won in 2017.

An even first half at the FA’s national training centre in Burton was punctuated in added time when Nicolas Madsen broke the deadlock for the visitors. Manchester City’s Ian Carlo Poveda equalised just after the hour mark but England fell behind again 10 minutes later and Guehi’s goal was not enough to inspire a comeback, despite Danny Loader hitting the woodwork with three minutes remaining.

A defeat to Greece at the weekend put the pressure on Dewsnip’s side after they had beaten Czech Republic 4-1 three days previously, with Guehi once again on the scoresheet after turning in Gallagher’s shot. Yet two games without a win proved too much in the tight three-game elite qualifying round as England fail to make the Under-19 tournament for the first time since 2015.

Scotland Under-19s also narrowly missed out on a place at the summer finals in Armenia, finishing as group runners-up behind Portugal following a 4-0 defeat. Billy Gilmour played 90 minutes for the young Scots, who had two players sent off early in the second half. Portugal finished top of the group with three wins from three, 10 goals scored and none conceded.

Earlier today, Thierno Ballo (pictured above) started for Austria Under-17s as they were beaten 4-1 by Italy in qualification for this summer’s European Championship finals. The result leaves the Austrians on four points at the conclusion of Group 1 and means they must wait to discover if they finish as one of the best runners-up.

Daishawn Redan, Juan Castillo (both Netherlands Under-19s), Ian Maatsen (Netherlands Under-17s) and Sam McClelland (Northern Ireland Under-17s) are all in qualifying action later this evening. England Under-21s also host Germany in a friendly at Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium, while the Under-20s take on Portugal.

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