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Drama in Denmark as ten-men England held to a draw by Croatia in Euro qualifying

Sunday 24 Mar 2019
England warm-up in Denmark ahead of Sunday's game with Croatia

England U17s were held to a draw on Sunday afternoon, when they shared a dramatic 0-0 with Croatia in their second Euro elite round qualifier.

The Young Lions had to play with ten men for two-thirds of the game too, following the first-half red card for Louie Moulden.

The Manchester City goalkeeper was shown a straight red after bringing down Croatia’s Luka Branseter in the box at the expense of a penalty.

James Trafford came on to take over in goal and face the resulting spot-kick, and his first action of the afternoon was a vital one, as he superbly saved Tomislav Duvnjak's effort.

England had to show their resolve after that, as Croatia looked to pile on the pressure ahead of the break, when Steve Cooper was able to regroup his team.

And it resulted in a more equal second half, which either side could’ve won.

The result now means England know they will qualify for this summer’s U17 EURO Finals in Ireland if they can beat hosts Denmark in their final game in Silkeborg on Wednesday.

England: 1 Louie Moulden (Manchester City), 2 Valentino Livramento (Chelsea), 3 Haydon Roberts (Brighton & Hove Albion), 4 Miguel Azeez (Arsenal), 5 Taylor Harwood-Bellis (Manchester City) (C), 6 Nathan Wood-Gordon (Middlesbrough), 8 Jensen Weir (Wigan Athletic), 9 Sam Greenwood (Arsenal), 10 Nonso Madueke (PSV), 11 Morgan Rogers (West Bromwich Albion), 14 Ben Knight (Manchester City)

Substitutes: 13 James Trafford (Manchester City) for Knight 31, 7 Alex Mighten (Nottingham Forest) for Madueke 61, 16 Joseph Gelhardt (Wigan Athletic) for Greenwood 76, 17 Lewis Bate (Chelsea) for Weir 76

Substitutes not used: 12 Teden Mengi (Manchester United), 15 Harvey Elliott (Fulham), 18 Matthew Bondswell (RB Leipzig), 19 Myles Peart-Harris (Chelsea)

Head coach: Steve Cooper

Goals: N/A

Cautions: Sam Greenwood 22

Red cards: Louie Moulden 30

By Nicholas Veevers Content Manager - FA Owned Channels