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England U21s v Czech Republic U21 - as it happened


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By Mike Henson

2202: Sorry to send you into Monday on the back of such a depressing conclusion to England's campaign. The only antidote I can suggest is forgetting all about international football for a couple of months and get across Peter Scrivener and Mark Ashenden's US Open golf live to cheer Rory McIlroy home along the back nine. Good night all.

Perry Hewitt on Twitter: "Please no Pearce for GB 2012 after that. No Beckham either! We need to right some wrongs, not turn it into a sideshow."
It certainly won't have helped Pearce's chances of taking a Great Britain side into the Olympics.

Stuart Pearce: "I think us going home now is symptomatic of us not passing well enough in the first two matches, but I am proud of the players' endeavour. We just paid the price of switching off at a throw-in late on and that can happen to a team regardless of their age. My squad put their heart and soul into it and have been tremendously focused. I'm not interested in talking about players who aren't here, my thoughts are with the players who are suffering in the dressing room right now."

2150: Stuart Pearce said before the match that we should bear in mind that traditional European powerhouses France Italy and Germany all failed to even qualify. We got to the final of this tournament two years ago. How much of a reason for dismay is this really?

Darren in Warwickshire via text: "Credit to the Czechs for that fightback, England didn't deserve a thing out of this competition. Can't help but feel that quite a few players in our squad were wasted by Pearce."

2143: For what it is worth the semi finals will be Spain v Belarus and Switzerland v Czech Republic. Struggling to dredge up the enthusiasm? Me too.

Ross Brookes on Twitter: "Wow, the future of English football is more bleak than the present - didn't know that was possible."

That is the final kick of the match as well. England players lie deflated and the Czechs, excuse the pun, bounce.

2137: A bitter late blow to send England on their way out of the tournament. Tomas Pekhart has a simple task of slotting into an empty net as fellow substitute Jan Chramosta squares it for him after exploiting acres of space as England are caught miles upfield.


2133: That looks like a straight knockout. Gecov muddles his way through a challenge on the edge of the box and his low cross deflects off the underside of Welbeck's leg, holding it up just enough for Jan Chramosta to stab home ahead of the on-rushing Fielding.


2129: Smalling with another clearance, this time from Suchy's low cross. Substitute Jan Chramosta then heads well wide from Borek Dockal's cross. It wasn't close but it made my toes curl in fear for a second. Two minutes of normal time to go.

2127: England drag their feet as one of their number heads across to take a throw-in. The Czechs desperately need more urgency from both the opposition and themselves.

2125: Six minutes of normal time to go.

2125: Smalling, who has impressed this evening, makes a timely interception and springs another England attack. Sturridge's attempt from a tight angle is pushed into his own six-yard box by Vaclik, but his defenders tidy up as Welbeck sniffs around interestedly.

2122: Lansbury sends a long-range free-kick skidding into the side netting. If that had gone in, Pearce could have been on the blower extending his team's hotel booking. No sign of a Czech response as yet. Albrighton on for Cleverley.

2120: The front two combine to give England that all-important goal. Sturridge peels wide on the right and clips over an enticing cross for Welbeck to contort his neck muscles and muster up all the power he can for a header that Vaclik can only palm into his own net.


2116: Marc Albrighton is being readied on the sidelines for England. Meanwhile Juan Mata makes it Spain 3-0 Ukraine in the Group B's other game. Still England 0-0 Czech Republic here.

2114: Was it deliberate? Sturridge comes over all Ronaldinho and attempts, at least that is what he will claim, an outrageous lob from fully 45 yards direct from a free-kick. Unlike the Brazilian in World Cup 2002, he comes up with nothing though as Tomas Vaclik scurries back and pushes the shot over the top.

2111: Substitute Milan Cerny nips in front of Walker and briefly has a couple of yards on the defender, who recovers but only at the cost of a free-kick. Ondrej Celustka gets his head to the free-kick, but it loops tamely over the bar.

2109: Lansbury is immediately into action with a smart reverse pass to Sinclair whose cross is snuffed out. Sparky stuff from the Arsenal man.

2107: Danger in the England box as Scott Sinclair's tackle inadvertently sends the ball rolls invitingly across the six-yard box, but Bertrand springs into action to win the race and hoof clear. England substitution: Henri Lansbury on for Jordan Henderson

2105: Now Phil Jones forays forward and draws a foul from Marek Suchy near the corner flag in the Czech half. The ball pinballs around from the free-kick before Kyle Walker cracks a fierce shot well over the top.

2103: Muamba is a little too eager and treads all over the back of Libor Kozak as he attempts to pinch the ball off the toes of the Czech midfielder. The free-kick is in a dangerous position, and the delivery is better than we have seen all night from the Czechs, but Smalling clears with his head.

2100: England pressing and probing in front of a solid red line on the edge of the Czech box. Henderson gives and goes without any joy before Cleverley spins and blazes a snap-shot well over the top. England 0-0 Czech Republic

2058: As England only half-clear a low cross, Jan Kovarik looks poised to pull the trigger but he lacks a decent first touch and the ball is shepherded away by a mob of defenders.

Tom Marshall-Bailey on Twitter: "If Lansbury doesn't come on in the second half, Pearce deserves the sack. Only technically gifted midfielder we have to call on."
Lansbury leads the way as the change of choice among the Twitterati.

2054: The Czechs have looked pretty ordinary going forward especially against this imposing England backline. They squander a set-piece from a decent position.

2052: Kyle Walker is still a glutton for work down the left and earns a corner with his hustle and bustle.

2050: Muamba is briefly given an uncomfortable moment by Jan Moravek, but Smalling is on hand to extinguish the danger.

2047: Back under way in Viborg, no changes to report.

Murderous Villain on Twitter: "What Lansbury has to do to get into the team I do not know."
Or indeed Henri. I was very impressed by him during his loan spells at Watford and Norwich.

2044: No joy on the technical front I'm afraid. Supposing he finds himself in similar amounts of trouble in the second half, who might Pearce call upon from the bench? The physicality of Connor Wickham, the artistry of Marc Albrighton, the energy of Jack Rodwell? Let's hope his attempts to summon help are more successful than mine.

Andy H on Twitter: "Why no Marc Albrighton for the England U21s? He should walk into that team!"

2036: I am trying to find a solution to these technical gremlins. I have tried turning it on and off again, but could the answer lie with a swift change of computer? I'll leave you on that cliffhanger for a couple of minutes...

2035: This one could get nervous. England look like they have more of a cutting edge about them, but with Spain comfortably ahead against the Ukraine, the Czechs have no incentive to do anything but batten down the hatches in the second half. It requires a Ukrainian win by three goals or fewer to change their outlook.


2029: A perfectly-timed tackle from Kyle Walker as the right-back slides in on his opposite number on the edge of the box. Unlike many attacking full-backs, so far he has looked as though he can do the business at the back as well.

2027: Sinclair has certainly brought something to England going forward. The Swansea man cuts in off the left flank and has Tomas Vaclik airborne to push away his well-struck effort.

2025: Still England 0-0 Czech Republic. But I reckon Stuart Pearce would be quite happy with his team's start. They will be required to press further and further forward though while the scoreline remains blank. Over in Group B's other game, it is Spain 2-0 Ukraine.

2021: Smalling sparks a good team move as he turns neatly to make mugs of two Czech attackers before Scott Sinclair feeds Ryan Bertrand down the left. His attempted cross is blocked for a corner though.

2018: A cunning taken corner as one Czech player nudges the ball millimetres into play without England's defenders noticing before wandering off and allowing his team-mate to stroll across and then dribble straight down the byeline and into the box. Full marks for ingenuity, no end product though.

2015: Scott Sinclair has a run at Ondrej Celustka but the defender directs the England man down a blind alley and the ball runs out for a goal-kick.

2014: Ryan Bertrand finds himself with some time on the left flank and the full-back's floated cross clears Daniel Sturridge but is met with a full-bloodied volley from Tom Cleverley. It is rippling the wrong side of the side netting though from England's point of view.

2012: Phil Jones is out to charge down a shot from the dangerous Jan Moravek. Tonight's England captain is one of the few in the England ranks to have improved his reputation so far at the tournament.

2009: Chris Smalling finally takes charge after England shift the ball across the backline and struggle to find a forward outlet. The Manchester United defender strides forward and draws a midfielder to him before laying off to Scott Sinclair. He will want the midfield to show for him rather than continue doing his best Franz Beckenbauer impression.

2006: The Czechs seem buoyed by that effort after a quiet opening and they could have made more of their spell of pressure had Marek Suchy not swiped air rather than the ball from a low cross.

2004: Great save from Frank Fielding as the Czechs get thier first sighting of goal. The goalkeeper gets a strong hand on Lukas Marecek's snaps a sharp volley goalwards as the ball drops to him just inside the box.

2001: Over in the other game in Group B, Spain lead the Ukraine 1-0. Valencia playmaker Juan Mata, a senior international who volunteered for this tournament, finds the net from Ander Herrera's pass.

1959: Daniel Sturridge takes his turn to drop off the front and gets his head up to link with strike-partner Danny Welbeck. The Sunderland man looks a little tentative as he receives the ball in the box but manages to turn and dig out a decent shot that is comfortably held by Tomas Vaclik.

1956: The Czech Republic were Pearce's pre-tournament tip, but so far his own side are enjoying the best of the early stages.

1955: Sturridge has the ball in the net, but the lineman's flag rules him offside and it looks fair enough on first viewing.

1953: Swansea's Scott Sinclair immediately makes his presence felt with a surge from midfield. It is a touch of penetration and inventiveness that has been missing from England's efforts so far in this tournament.

1950: England coach Stuart Pearce has rung the changes with Danny Rose, Michael Mancienne and Jack Rodwell dropped. Tom Cleverley Scott Sinclair and Fabrice Muamba are in at their expense. Full England line-up: Fielding, Walker, Bertrand, Smalling, Jones (c), Henderson, Muamba, Cleverley, Sinclair, Sturridge, Welbeck

1947: Right, first of all apologies for the late start. Technical problems abound here at BBC Towers. So it will be a graphic-free effort tonight for England Under-21's must-win Group B game against the Czech Republic in Viborg. The game's just under way, nothing of note so far, which is fortunate...

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