Morgan Gibbs-White notches up a goal and three assists in the tournament
The England Under-21 team have secured their place in the European Championship final, their first since 2009, thanks to significant contributions from Morgan Gibbs-White. Despite this success, Gibbs-White cautions that there is “still much work left to do.”
The Nottingham Forest’s key midfielder opened the scoreline in the 42nd minute, looping a header from Cole Palmer’s cross, redeeming an earlier missed penalty.
Cole Palmer, the forward from Manchester City, found the net next, benefiting from an assist from Emile Smith Rowe, thus doubling England’s advantage.
Then, a dynamic exchange between Palmer and substitute Cameron Archer led to England’s third goal, with Archer delivering the decisive strike.
The formidable Young Lions, who haven’t conceded any goals in the tournament thus far, will face Spain in the final this Saturday, eyeing their first win since 1984.
Speaking of the achievement, Gibbs-White shared, “It’s a challenge to express in words. We’ve been training tirelessly for two years to reach this stage. But we are not finished yet; there is a lot more to accomplish.”
He feels confident about the team’s camaraderie and potential to clinch the championship.
Highlights of the match between Israel U21 and England U21
England narrowly missed securing an early lead in the 17th minute after Smith Rowe’s shots were blocked. Anthony Gordon of Newcastle was fouled by Karm Jaber, awarding England a penalty, but Gibbs-White’s kick missed the mark.
Nonetheless, Lee Carsley’s team kept up the pressure, and Gibbs-White’s header off Palmer’s assist eventually gave England their deserved lead just before halftime.
Israel posed threats mainly from set-pieces. Jaber’s shot from a corner sailed over the goal, while Dor Turgeman’s deflected shot marked their best attempt of the match.
Despite a potential comeback goal from Israel in the 85th minute, James Trafford, on the verge of a £15m move from Manchester City to Burnley, successfully blocked a close-range header.
England had previously overcome Israel 2-0 in the group stage, and substitute Archer extended the margin with a commanding finish in the final stages of this match.
The victory progresses Carsley’s squad further into an excellent campaign, setting them up for a shot at becoming European champions at this level for the first time in almost four decades.
Gibbs-White’s Star Performance
Critics had expressed doubt when Nottingham Forest paid a whopping £42.5m for Gibbs-White last summer, but the 23-year-old has since silenced them. After helping Forest escape relegation last season, Gibbs-White has made a significant impact in the tournament with one goal and three assists over four games.
England’s manager Carsley commended the younger generation’s resilience. “They make mistakes, yet they immediately want to try again. That self-belief is crucial, and they know we support them.”
Gibbs-White, who was part of the victorious U17 World Cup team in 2017, remains focused on contributing more goals for the team. He said, “Full focus is on Saturday and the team. Despite missing a penalty, I knew another chance would come, so I stayed composed. The win and making it to the final are what truly matter.”
The teams lined up as follows:
Home Team: Israel U21
Away Team: England U21
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about England U21 European Championship final
Who scored the opening goal for England U21 against Israel U21?
Morgan Gibbs-White scored the opening goal for England U21 against Israel U21 in the European Championship semi-finals.
Who is the Nottingham Forest midfielder who has been performing well in the tournament?
The Nottingham Forest midfielder who has been performing well in the tournament is Morgan Gibbs-White. He has scored one goal and assisted three times in the tournament so far.
When is the last time England U21 reached the European Championship final?
England U21 last reached the European Championship final in 2009.
Who will England U21 play in the European Championship final?
England U21 will play against Spain in the European Championship final.
When was the last time England U21 won the European Championship?
England U21 last won the European Championship in 1984.
Who was the Manchester City forward who scored for England in the semi-finals?
The Manchester City forward who scored for England in the semi-finals was Cole Palmer.
What has been Israel U21’s main threat in the semi-final match?
Israel U21’s main threat in the semi-final match came from set-pieces.
Which player missed a penalty in the semi-finals match against Israel?
Morgan Gibbs-White missed a penalty in the semi-finals match against Israel.
Which team had the highest possession in the match?
England U21 had the highest possession in the match with 67%.
Who is the manager of the England U21 team?
The manager of the England U21 team is Lee Carsley.