Harvey Vale captained England Under-19s into the knockout stages of the European Championships for that age group, the Young Lions qualifying with a group game to spare thanks to a 4-0 win over Serbia.
Vale was joined as a starter by Blues Academy defender Bashir Humphreys who was an unused substitute in England’s opener against Austria, a match the Young Lions won. For both games, Teddy Sharman-Lowe was the goalkeeper on the bench.Against Serbia, England scored with their very first attack with Tottenham’s Dane Scarlett hitting the target.Vale, playing wide on the left, crossed for another chance before the game went through a fallow period for a large part of the first half. England thought they should have had a penalty but only earned a yellow card for simulation but a second goal did come shortly before the break. Scarlett scrambled in his second after the keeper made a mess of gathering a low cross.
Humphreys recovered from an early error to play his part in a solid defensive performance and at half-time his side had registered three attempts on target to Serbia’s two. Vale was playing selflessly as he linked play from out wide.England keeper Matthew Cox had to make a save early in the second half but after Serbia gave the ball away, Carney Chukwuemeka, who played for Aston Villa in a Carabao Cup tie at Stamford Bridge last season, finished well to make it 3-0.Towards the end, the Young Lions went close on several occasions to extending that lead before they added a fourth in stoppage time with Sheffield United’s Daniel Jebbison the scorer.England finish the group stage against Israel on Saturday and then face France or Italy in the semi-finals.Luke Badley-Morgan’s second game for Jamaica in the CONCACAF Under-20 Championships ended in a 5-0 defeat to host nation Honduras.Following on from a draw against Costa Rica in their first game, it means the Jamaican Under-20 side needs to beat Antigua and Barbuda in their final group match in order to progress to the round of 16.