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Tuesday, 30 May, 2000, 07:00 GMT 08:00 UK
Classy young guns crush Turks
England U21 6-0 Turkey U21
England's U21 team more than made for the disappointment of last week's defeat against Italy with a dominant performance against Turkey in the European Championships.
And there was further good news for England when Italy could only draw with Slovenia in the other Group B game.
That result means England still have a chance of reaching Sunday's final. They go into Thursday's final group game against hosts Slovenia knowing that a better result than Italy achieve against the Turks will see them qualify as Group B winners.
If they finish second, the best they can hope for is the third-place play-off.
England took the lead in the 29th minute through skipper Frank Lampard, his 8th goal in 18 internationals - and a rare header.
Goalkeeper Akbas came for the cross, flapped feebly, and Lampard looped a gentle header into the net.
England should have had a penalty minutes earlier, but the referee somehow failed to notice Francis Jeffers having both legs taken away from him inside the box.
The Everton striker had his revenge seconds before the end of the first half.
Lampard's long ball out of defence caught the static Turkish back four square. Akbas raced out from the goal like a headless chicken, booted the ball straight at Jeffers and watched in horror as the England man slid the ball home.
Carl Cort,a threat in the air all night, headed the third following a nice link-up between Danny Mills and Frank Lampard before Tottenham defender Ledley King nodded home his first international goal from David Dunn's cross.
Lampard could have had a first half hat-trick with a touch more luck.
As early as the first minute Cort broke free down the left and crossed, but Lampard's side-footed shot was fumbled past the post by Akbas.
And on 37 minutes the keeper was grateful to hold another Lampard header down to his right.
England did well to keep the tempo up in a game devoid of atmosphere thanks to the empty stadium.
At times the only noises to be heard were the frantic shouted instructions of Sammy Lee, England's assistant manager.
England wrapped the game up when Danny Mills bundled the ball home with 13 minutes to go, before Middlesbrough's Andy Campbell grabbed the last in time added on.
England U21: Weaver, Mills, Carragher, King, Young, Dunn,
Murphy, Lampard, Johnson, Cort, Jeffers.
Turkey U21: Akbas, Ozturk, Ozbey, Gulduren, Kahveci, Gunes,
Dokme, Basturk, Albayrak, Dursun, Orhan.
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