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15th Jul 2017

Watch: Joyous scenes at full-time as England U19s win European Championship

Dare we say it, but the future's looking bright for English football

Simon Lloyd

England under 19s followed their under-20 counterparts’ World Cup glory earlier this summer by defeating Portugal in the final of the European Championships.

Goals from Aston Villa’s Easah Suliman and Manchester City’s Lukas Nmecha – either side of an own goal from Chelsea’s Dujon Sterling – were enough to hand the young Lions the title in Georgia.

Suliman reacted smartly to nod home the first England goal after it had rebounded off a Portuguese post.

Six minutes later, Sterling badly sliced an attempted clearance into his own goal, drawing Portugal level.

Until Nmecha slotted home what proved to be the winner 12 minutes from time.

Things weren’t exactly plain sailing for Keith Downing’s men, who had to play out the game’s final minutes with ten men following a second yellow card for Fulham’s Tayo Edun.

As you can probably imagine, there was a mixture of relief and celebration as the final whistle sounded.

As well as this and the under-20 World Cup victory, England’s youngsters have also won the Toulon Tournament this summer.

Their under-21 side were also unfortunate not to reach the final of their own European Championship in Poland, bowing out eventually to Germany on penalties in the semi-finals.

Dare we say it, England fans, but the future’s looking bright.