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England Flying Home Early After Czech Defeat

Jan Chramosta scored a late effort to make certain that England would be flying home from Denmark

Two late goals dumped England out of this year’s European Under 21 Championship in Denmark.

Danny Welbeck looked to have secured a win for England but two last-minute goals saw the Czech Republic through to the semi-finals.

Jan Chramosta and Tomas Pekhart both came off the substitutes bench and scored in the 89th and 92nd minute respectively.

Jack Rodwell, Danny Rose and Michael Mancienne were all dropped from the line-up that drew with Ukraine to make way for Scott Sinclair, Tom Cleverley and Fabrice Muamba.

Tomas Vaclik in the Czech Republic goal was kept busy early on when Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge combined well.

At the other end, Lukas Marecek tested Frankie Fielding in the opening stages.

The goal came when a teasing cross by Daniel Sturridge met the head of Welbeck who was able to convert the chance.

Relief was evident as England seemed to be heading for the last four despite a mediocre performance against a mediocre side.

However, Stuart Pearce’s side conceded a harsh late equaliser. Chramosta came off the bench to score a relatively scrappy goal, thanks to England’s inability to clear the ball.

To add insult to injury, Chramosta set up a late goal for Tomas Pekhart who made sure that England would be flying home.

Most of the current Under 21s will not be featuring for the side anymore, soon we will be looking at the new stars of the Under 21 set up on The Youth Radar

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About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.

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