A bloody-nosed Curtis Jones was despatched off within the rapid wake of England’s heart-breaking exit from the European Beneath-21 Championship.
The Younger Lions beat Croatia 2-1 of their ultimate group match, nonetheless, that wasn’t sufficient as they have been required to win by two objectives to achieve the knockout stage.
Having misplaced to Switzerland and Portugal, Aidy Boothroyd’s facet had a mountain to climb as they took on Croatia however made the right begin because of Ebere Eze’s calm penalty on 12 minutes.
With Portugal additionally beating Switzerland, it appeared as if Jones had scored the purpose which might take England by means of – the Liverpool star ending within the nook of the online simply shy of the 75-minute mark.
Nevertheless, Croatia have been those to make it to the quarter-finals at England’s expense because of Domagoj Bradaric’s thunderbolt within the first minute of stoppage-time.
There was no time for England to revive their two-goal benefit and the ultimate whistle sparked chaotic scenes as Jones reacted badly to Croatia’s wild celebrations, which led to a second yellow card for the midfielder.
The 20-year-old confronted his opponents however was taken away by a member of England’s teaching workers. He was ultimately being led off the pitch after making an attempt to confront them once more. The conflict then unfold between each units of gamers as Jones trudged off.
The outcome will result in additional questions on Boothroyd’s future, with talkSPORT’s Andy Goldstein taking problem with claims the previous Watford boss made to talkSPORT that being supervisor of England’s Beneath-21 facet is ‘completely inconceivable’.
Goldstein stated: “The explanation we’ve not gained something for 37 years is nothing to do with that. It’s due to errors that somebody like Aidy Bootroyd or Aidy Boothroyd has remodeled these years.
“In 2019, he put Phil Foden on the bench as we crashed out of the event in opposition to Romania. The sport earlier than that, Phil Foden was head and shoulders above everybody in that facet and scored an unbelievable purpose.
“Phil Foden, head and shoulders above everybody in a recreation we should win to remain within the competitors, he dropped him.
“That’s the explanation why we don’t win due to silly errors, silly choices being made.”