News on Chelsea players at the European Under-21 Championships…
Four young Chelsea players were involved in England’s last game in this summer’s European Under-21 Championships but although Aidy Boothroyd’s side collected their first point of the tournament, there was disappointment as they let a lead slip three times in drawing 3-3 against Croatia.
Jake-Clarke Salter was again the captain and Fikayo Tomori was with him in central defence. Tammy Abraham was selected from the start up front on this occasion with Mason Mount introduced in the second half. Jay Dasilva, who started the previous two games, remained an unused sub.
England had lost their first two group games against France and Romania, as had Croatia, so both sides knew they were already out of contention for a semi-final place.
Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson gave England an early lead from the penalty spot in Monday night’s game in San Marino before Abraham went close when he hit the post. The Young Lions nearly scored again before their opponents levelled it at 1-1 shortly before half-time.
After England had restored their lead after the interval through Leicester’s James Maddison, Clarke-Salter was replaced and Mount introduced but Nikola Vlasic who has just left Everton for CSKA Moscow made it 2-2.
Another Everton player, Jonjoe Kenny, scored from distance to make it 3-2 with 20 minutes remaining but the England defences were breached for a third time with eight minutes left on the clock.
‘We've clearly got the talent - but talent needs some structure,’ lamented England U21 boss Boothroyd after the game as he reflected on the group stage results as a whole.