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June 23, 2009

Under 21 European Championships: An Update


Jack Rodwell of Everton.

England and Germany both went through to the semi finals last night as the two sides met and fought out a 1-1 draw. England’s under 21 coach, Stuart Pearce, made ten changes from the team that beat Spain 2 nil last week. Only Adam Johnson remained in the side as Pearce rested his squad.

Germany took the lead when Chelsea center back Michael Mancienne lost Jermaine Boateng and the young German fed his team mate Gonzalo Castro, who fired his side ahead after just 5 mins.

Everton youngster Jack Rodwell equalized for England from a Craig Gardner corner on 29 mins.

Theo Walcott was once again on the bench for the young lions. He was a second half substitute replacing Fraizer Campbell. Peterborough keeper Joe Lewis also saw action during the second half as the two teams played out a stalemate.

The point means England finish the group stage at the top of group B.

England will now play in a semi final on Friday, facing the runner up from group A. Germany will face the group A winner in the other semi.

England and Germany’s semi final opponents will be known later today after the following group A deciders.

Belarus V Italy
Serbia V Sweden

Both games kick off at 2.45 ET. To learn more about the Under 21 Championships and to view the tables, go here.



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