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England U21 1-1 Poland U21: Aidy Boothroyd's side extend unbeaten run

By Michael EmonsBBC Sport
Dominic Calvert-Lewin
England goalscorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored eight goals in all competitions for Everton this season

England Under-21s extended their unbeaten run to 16 matches as they drew with Poland in a friendly in Bristol.

The Young Lions took an early lead when Dominic Calvert-Lewin tapped in from Reiss Nelson's low cross.

But Poland equalised with a spectacular free-kick from 35 yards from Sebastian Szymanski after England goalkeeper Angus Gunn said he did not need a wall.

England's Nelson and Kieran Dowell shot wide and Jonjoe Kenny's effort hit the post as it ended level.

This was the first of two home friendlies in a week for Aidy Boothroyd's side as they take on Germany in Bournemouth on Tuesday.

England will be competing at the European Under-21 Championship in Italy and San Marino in June and were taking on another one of the sides that had qualified.

Boothroyd will be pleased with his team's performance as they were the better side throughout the majority of the game and were only denied the victory by a magical moment from Szymanski.

There appeared to be no danger when Poland were awarded a free-kick and Gunn was so confident that Szymanski was too far out, he ordered the three players that had formed a defensive wall to move away.

However, the Southampton keeper was left stunned by the Polish player's superb strike in a match held at Bristol City's Ashton Gate stadium.

The Young Lions have not lost a match since a penalty shootout loss to Germany in the semi-finals of the 2017 European Under-21 Championship.

'I am secretly pleased'

England U21 boss Aidy Boothroyd, speaking on BT Sport: "We didn't have the final end product tonight. There were a lot of balls cleared by their defenders. We needed a bit more composure. But that is what the games are for.

"The whole point is to try to different things. They are big and strong and unbeaten in qualification. We dominated but could have ended up losing. It is a livener because there are good teams in the European Championships.

"We make mistakes but we have to learn from that. We switched off for their goal, but I am secretly quite pleased. Another win can lead to complacency. It is a reminder that international football is tough."


England U21

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Gunn
  • 2Kenny
  • 5Tomori
  • 6Kelly
  • 3Dasilva
  • 8Maddison
  • 4DowellSubstituted forChoudhuryat 80'minutes
  • 10FodenSubstituted forDaviesat 73'minutes
  • 7LookmanSubstituted forBarnesat 72'minutes
  • 9Calvert-LewinSubstituted forSolankeat 72'minutes
  • 11NelsonSubstituted forGrayat 72'minutes


  • 14Davies
  • 15Fry
  • 16Clarke-Salter
  • 17Walker-Peters
  • 18Barnes
  • 19R Sessegnon
  • 20Solanke
  • 21Gray
  • 22Woodman
  • 24Choudhury
  • 25Konsa

Poland U21

Formation 4-3-3

  • 12Grabara
  • 5Fila
  • 3Wieteska
  • 2Bielik
  • 20Stolarski
  • 8Piotrowski
  • 16Dziczek
  • 17Kapustka
  • 23MichalakSubstituted forGaskaat 62'minutes
  • 11BuksaSubstituted forSwiderskiat 73'minutes
  • 10SzymanskiSubstituted forWdowiakat 80'minutes


  • 1Dragowski
  • 6Gaska
  • 7Jozwiak
  • 9Swiderski
  • 13Wdowiak
  • 14Zawada
  • 15Jonczy
  • 18Tomczyk
  • 19Jagiello
  • 21Labojko
  • 22Loska

Match Stats

Home TeamEngland U21Away TeamPoland U21
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, England U21 1, Poland U21 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, England U21 1, Poland U21 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Karol Swiderski (Poland U21) header from the right side of the box misses to the right following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Poland U21. Conceded by Fikayo Tomori.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Maddison (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jonjoe Kenny (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hamza Choudhury with a headed pass.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Harvey Barnes (England U21) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Davies.

  8. Post update

    Fikayo Tomori (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Karol Swiderski (Poland U21).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Hamza Choudhury (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Davies.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Maddison (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  12. Post update

    James Maddison (England U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Mateusz Wieteska (Poland U21).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Tom Davies (England U21).

  15. Post update

    Karol Swiderski (Poland U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, England U21. Hamza Choudhury replaces Kieran Dowell.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Poland U21. Mateusz Wdowiak replaces Sebastian Szymanski.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Lloyd Kelly (England U21).

  19. Post update

    Damian Gaska (Poland U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kieran Dowell (England U21) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonjoe Kenny.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 21st March 2019

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