Stuart Pearce has praised his side's spirit after they clinched their place at next summer's Euro's.
England 2-2 Wales
2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Play-Off Second Leg
7.45pm, Tuesday 14 October 2008
Villa Park, Aston Villa FC
Live on Setanta
Stuart Pearce hailed the spirit of his England side after they clinched their place in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship Finals.
The Three Lions, who progressed 5-4 on aggregate after a 2-2 draw with Wales at Villa Park, were forced to play most of the second half with ten men following the dismissal of Tom Huddlestone.
However, England produced a spirited performance to ensure their place in next summer's finals and Pearce was quick to praise his players after a pulsating contest in the Midlands.
"I'm fantastically proud of my players," beamed Pearce.
"To lose a man like that was a blow, but they stuck together and stood up in the face of adversity."
"We showed fantastic spirit and courage, especially after going down to ten men.
"We know we have to improve and get better but that's something we will do.
1 Joe Hart, 2 David Wheater, 3 Jamie O’Hara, 4 Lee Cattermole (15 Fabrice Muamba, 31), 5 Steven Taylor (c), 6 Michael Mancienne, 7 James Milner, 8 Tom Huddlestone, 9 Gabriel Agbonlahor (17 Fraizer Campbell, 46), 10 Mark Noble, 11 Adam Johnson,
Tom Huddlestone 14, Sam Vokes (og) 35
Subs: 12 Andrew Taylor, 13 Tom Heaton, 14 Martin Cranie, 16 Matt Derbyshire, 18 Adam Lallana
Manager Stuart Pearce
1 Owain Fon Williams, 2 Neal Eardley (c), 3 Rhoys Wiggins, 4 Jack Collison, 5 Darcy Blake, 6 Joe Jacobson, 8 Andy King (15 Mark Bradley, 60), 9 Simon Church, 10 Aaron Ramsey, 11 Shaun MacDonald, 18 Sam Vokes
Aaron Ramsey 24, Simon Church 29
Subs not used: 7 Nicky Adams, 12 Rhys Taylor, 13 Lloyd James, 14 Grant Basey, 16 Jonathan Brown, 17 Joe Allen
Manager Brian Flynn
Referee Kevin Blom (NED)
Assistants Wilco Lobbert (NED) and Berry Simon (NED)
Fourth Official Tom Van Sichem (NED)
England White, Blue White
Wales Red, Red, Red