Euro U21 Qualifying - Group 4
England U213Latvia U210

England U21 3-0 Latvia U21

Demarai Gray (centre) opened the scoring with a powerful strike
Demarai Gray (centre) opened the scoring with a powerful strike

England Under-21s secured a first win of their 2019 European Under-21 Championship qualifying campaign as they dominated Latvia at Bournemouth.

Leicester City's Demarai Gray opened the scoring with a powerful finish from the corner of the area, capping a flowing move by Aidy Boothroyd's side.

Swansea loanee Tammy Abraham pounced on a heavy touch in the visitors' midfield to convert a second from 18 yards.

Kasey Palmer made it 3-0 after keeper Vladislavs Kurakins fumbled a cross.

Palmer, who like Abraham has been loaned out by Chelsea for the season - in his case to Huddersfield - only needed a simple finish for his first goal at this level.

'World Cup win underpins success'

Boothroyd handed full debuts to another Chelsea player - Fikayo Tomori, who is on loan at Hull - as well as Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sheyi Ojo, Tottenham's Kyle Walker-Peters and Everton's Tom Davies.

His side had been held to a draw by the Netherlands in their opening Group 4 fixture on Friday but back on home soil, they rarely looked threatened and dominated with 71% of possession at Vitality Stadium, which was hosting its first Under-21 international.

Afterwards, the former Watford boss said his side's unbeaten start to the campaign owed a little to England's win at the summer's Under-20 World Cup, with some of those players having now stepped up to Under-21 level.

"When you're winning things, your peers, whether they are younger or older, it puts pressure on and makes it better for all of us," said Boothroyd.

"Once one's done it, confidence breeds more, providing you don't get complacent. It's a really good thing.

"You can see it in the way they perform. They're not bothered playing in front of crowds and a bit of that is because some of them are playing in the Premier League for first teams.

"They've got a lot of belief in themselves, and they also know they have a long way to go so we can be as good as a team as we want to be."

Gray leads by example

Both Gray and Abraham were substitutes for the draw with the Netherlands but their strikes put England two up by half-time.

While Abraham and Palmer's finishes owed plenty to goalkeeping error, winger Gray's angled shot was of superb quality and took him to five goals in 13 appearances at Under-21 level.

"At one point I thought he was going to play every single position, he was running around that much," added Boothroyd. "He has enormous amounts of ability."

England now sit second behind Ukraine, who beat Andorra 6-0 earlier on Tuesday. Only the nine group winners will qualify automatically, with the four best-placed runners-up playing off for the final two places.

Those 11 teams will join co-hosts Italy, who are staging the 2019 tournament along with San Marino.

England next face Scotland - who beat the Netherlands 2-0 on Tuesday - on 5 October.

Line-ups

England U21

  • 1Woodman
  • 2Alexander-Arnold
  • 5Gomez
  • 6Tomori
  • 3Walker-PetersBooked at 51mins
  • 4L Cook
  • 8Davies
  • 7OjoSubstituted forLookmanat 59'minutes
  • 10PalmerSubstituted forSolankeat 70'minutes
  • 11GraySubstituted forat 90'minutes
  • 9AbrahamSubstituted forCalvert-Lewinat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Worrall
  • 13Henderson
  • 14Calvert-Lewin
  • 15Solanke
  • 16Lookman
  • 17Chilwell
  • 18Maitland-Niles

Latvia U21

  • 1Kurakins
  • 3Litvinskis
  • 5Cernomordijs
  • 6Karklins
  • 2Sorokins
  • 7Stuglis
  • 20Emsis
  • 8CiganiksSubstituted forKrusatinsat 74'minutes
  • 10FjodorovsBooked at 37minsSubstituted forGrinbergsat 61'minutes
  • 17UldrikisSubstituted forIvanovsat 81'minutes
  • 13Jurkovskis

Substitutes

  • 9Kurtiss
  • 11Ivanovs
  • 12Zommers
  • 14Liepa
  • 16Krusatins
  • 18Kigurs
  • 21Grinbergs
Referee:
Vasilis Dimitriou
Attendance:
8,514

Match Stats

Home TeamEngland U21Away TeamLatvia U21
Possession
Home71%
Away29%
Shots
Home15
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away0
Corners
Home11
Away1
Fouls
Home2
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, England U21 3, Latvia U21 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, England U21 3, Latvia U21 0.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Vladislavs Sorokins.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Vladislavs Kurakins.

Attempt saved. Tom Davies (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ademola Lookman.

Kyle Walker-Peters (England U21) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Andris Krusatins (Latvia U21).

Demarai Gray went off injured after England U21 had used all subs.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Vladislavs Kurakins.

Attempt saved. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (England U21) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Dominic Solanke.

Attempt blocked. Ademola Lookman (England U21) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Substitution

Substitution, Latvia U21. Nikita Ivanovs replaces Robert Uldrikis.

Attempt missed. Kyle Walker-Peters (England U21) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dominic Solanke with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Demarai Gray (England U21) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ademola Lookman with a cross.

Attempt missed. Raivis Andris Jurkovskis (Latvia U21) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Janis Grinbergs with a cross.

Foul by Demarai Gray (England U21).

Andris Krusatins (Latvia U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Latvia U21. Andris Krusatins replaces Andrejs Ciganiks.

Attempt missed. Andrejs Ciganiks (Latvia U21) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, England U21. Dominic Solanke replaces Kasey Palmer.

Goal!

Goal! England U21 3, Latvia U21 0. Kasey Palmer (England U21) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Viktors Litvinskis.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Viktors Litvinskis.

Attempt blocked. Ademola Lookman (England U21) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Demarai Gray.

Substitution

Substitution, England U21. Dominic Calvert-Lewin replaces Tammy Abraham.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Eduards Emsis.

Attempt blocked. Tammy Abraham (England U21) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Janis Grinbergs (Latvia U21).

Substitution

Substitution, Latvia U21. Janis Grinbergs replaces Vladislavs Fjodorovs.

Substitution

Substitution, England U21. Ademola Lookman replaces Sheyi Ojo.

Corner, Latvia U21. Conceded by Demarai Gray.

Attempt missed. Tammy Abraham (England U21) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lewis Cook.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Viktors Litvinskis.

Attempt missed. Demarai Gray (England U21) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Lewis Cook.

Attempt missed. Raivis Andris Jurkovskis (Latvia U21) with an attempt from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Andrejs Ciganiks with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Kyle Walker-Peters (England U21) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kyle Walker-Peters (England U21).

Vladislavs Fjodorovs (Latvia U21) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Kriss Karklins.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 5th September 2017

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Greece U2122007166
2Belarus U21311123-14
3Croatia U2111003033
4Moldova U21310238-53
5Czech Rep U2110101101
6San Marino U21200203-30

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Slovakia U2122003126
2Northern Ireland U2132013216
3Albania U2131113304
4Spain U2111001013
5Estonia U21401325-31
6Iceland U21100123-10

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Denmark U2122009096
2Poland U2111003033
3Lithuania U21210136-33
4Finland U2110101101
5Faroe Islands U21301217-61
6Georgia U21100103-30

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ukraine U2121107164
2England U2121104134
3Scotland U2111002023
4Latvia U21302114-32
5Netherlands U21201113-21
6Andorra U21201106-61

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1R. of Ireland U2122004136
2Kosovo U2142026426
3Israel U2121103124
4Germany U2111001013
5Norway U21301226-41
6Azerbaijan U21200226-40

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium U2121102114
2Sweden U2111004133
3Hungary U2111002113
4Cyprus U21210135-23
5Turkey U2110100001
6Malta U21300336-30

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Russia U2121103034
2Armenia U2131113304
3Serbia U2111004043
4Austria U2111003033
5Macedonia U2111003033
6Gibraltar U214004013-130

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Romania U2132106247
2Switzerland U21311124-24
3Portugal U2111002023
4Bosnia and Herzegovina U2131027433
5Wales U2121013213
6Liechtenstein U21200208-80

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Kazakhstan U21311146-24
2Slovenia U2111003123
3France U2111004133
4Luxembourg U21310235-23
5Montenegro U2110101101
6Bulgaria U21100101-10
View full Euro U21 Qualifying tables

Top Stories