Kyle Ebecilio scored Netherland’s only goal as they threw England out of the Under 17 European Championships in Serbia.
The Arsenal midfielder scored after 26 minutes to send his side into the final against Germany.
Netherlands extended their run of clean-sheets to six games as England could not find a way past Boy de Jong in the Netherlands goal.
Group B winners the Netherlands restored all seven rested players from their 0-0 draw with the Czech Republic on Monday while a knee injury ruled out England midfielder Nick Powell; captain Nathaniel Chalobah was pushed forward from defence, Adam Jackson slotting in at centre-back. It was on their left that England were troubled early on, Memphis Depay putting in a cross headed over by Anass Achahbar, who then just failed to get a foot to Daan Disveld’s centre.
Ebecilio’s surge through the England defence ended up in the ball being flung past Jordan Pickford, a goal that would eventually see the holders eliminated.
Elsewhere, Germany beat Denmark by two goals to secure their place against Netherlands.
Far from convincing in the group stage and depleted by four suspensions, Steffen Freund’s side showed impressive defiance to overcome a Denmark team which had secured maximum points from their opening three fixtures. All the damage was done in the second half, Kaan Ayhan and Nils Quaschner scoring the goals to set up a repeat of the 2009 showpiece on Sunday.
Stick with The Youth Radar for a full match report of Sunday’s final.