England Under-21’s almost out of European Championship after thrilling 4-2 defeat to Romania in Cesena

England Under-21’s almost out of European Championship after thrilling 4-2 defeat to Romania in Cesena
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LIONS TAMED

The game was largely even for 70 minutes, but individual errors and a lack of cutting edge cost Aidy Boothroyd’s side

England’s Under-21 side were left to rue their missed chances after falling to a 4-2 defeat to Romania.

The loss in Cesena all but confirmed their premature exit from the European Under-21 Championship, but they went out after putting up a real fight.

Demarai Gray was unlucky to end up on the losing side

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Demarai Gray was unlucky to end up on the losing side

After a rather dull 70 minutes, the game exploded into life when Jonjoe Kenny was brought down in the box, with George Puscas stepping up to tuck the ball into the corner.

England hit back straight away through Demarai Gray, with the Leicester City winger capping a fine individual performance with a swirling strike into the corner.

The Young Lions pressed for a winner and Tammy Abraham and Dominic Calvert-Lewin passed up excellent opportunities to give England the lead.

But individual errors cost Aidy Boothroyd’s side yet again as Fikayo Tomori’s poor clearance fell into the path of Ianis Hagi – son of the legendary Gheorghe Hagi – who fired a terrific left-footed shot home.

Mason Mount was a replacement for Phil Foden in the starting XI

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Mason Mount was a replacement for Phil Foden in the starting XI

Abraham atoned for his earlier miss as the pendulum swung the way of England again through the Chelsea striker’s tidy finish, but Dean Henderson cost his side.

The Manchester United man spilled Florinel Coman’s effort into the corner to effectively kill off England’s slim chances.

And the FCSB winger added an extra gloss on to the victory with a stunning right-footed volley flying into the back of the net.

England must pick themselves up for their final group game against Croatia on Monday, but it will be a dead-rubber match ahead of an early exit.