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Match Report: England Under 19s 2-1 Czech Republic Under 19s

Harry Kane scored England's opener against the Czechs

Harry Kane and Pat Bamford grabbed the goals at Leyton Orient’s Matchroom Stadium in order to give England a win against the Czech Republic before they turn their attentions to European Championship Qualifying that starts in May.

The win maintains their unbeaten run this season and puts them in great form ahead of games versus Switzerland, Slovenia and Montenegro for the European Championships.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane put the Young Lions ahead early on when he chested the ball down just over the halfway line for Ross Barkley to speed down the right hand flank before sliding the ball back across the area for Kane to capitalize on and place into the bottom corner past the Czech ‘keeper.

Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone had a relatively quiet first half whilst Lukas Zima at the other end was kept relatively busy by strikers Kane and Saido Berahino. Barkley also got in on the act but couldn’t force another way past the Czechs.

England got a well-deserved second when Pat Bamford headed home from a cross by fellow Chelsea teamate, Todd Kane.

Nic Yennaris produced a superb ball to set up Berahino in the second half but failed to find a way past the ‘keeper once again.

Second-half goalkeeper Connor Ripley was wrong-footed in the second half when Filip Twardzik’s free-kick nestled into the bottom corner to give the visitors a chance of getting back into the game.

Sam Johnstone returned to the pitch following a knock to Connor Ripley in the second-half.

Czech Republic didn’t really threat much after their goal in terms of attempts and England saw out the second half to record a small victory but a large confidence boost in their quest to reach the European Championships.


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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