England Below-21s have been knocked out of Euro 2021 by an injury-time surprise objective from Croatia.
The Younger Lions beat Croatia 2-1 on the day, however wanted to win by a two-goal margin as Switzerland misplaced to Portugal.
Nonetheless, Domagoj Bradaric’s thunderbolt within the first minute of stoppage time broke England hearts.
Targets from Eberechi Eze and Curtis Jones proved to be in useless as England’s group stage defeats towards Switzerland and Portugal have been pricey.
The Younger Lions’ group stage exit is more likely to mount extra stress on supervisor Aidy Boothroyd.
England got here out firing within the early levels of the encounter as Jones hit the crossbar and Conor Gallagher had a goal-bound effort blocked.
Eze, who was beginning his first match of the match, then opened the scoring from the spot within the 12th minute after Eddie Nketiah was tripped within the field.
Croatia have been responsible of lacking gilt-edged possibilities earlier than the break as Dario Spikic fired over from close-range earlier than Aaron Ramsdale bailed out Gallagher, who cheaply misplaced the ball on the sting of the field, by saving from Luka Ivanucec in a one-on-one state of affairs.
It was England’s flip to be wasteful within the second-half as Eze and Nketiah went shut, whereas Dwight McNeil hit the submit from a free-kick.
With Switzerland dropping to Portugal, England lastly acquired their priceless second objective when Jones fired house with 16 minutes to go.
Simply when it regarded just like the Younger Lions could be progressing to the quarter-finals of Euro 2021, Bradaric took intention from 30 yards with an unstoppable shot which beat Ramsdale.
There have been bitter scenes at full-time as Jones was proven a second yellow card for clashing with Croatia gamers.