England U21 aims for the Finals

England U21 aims for the Finals

England U21 and Israel U21 are both renewing hostilities as they battle for their spots in the Finals of the 2023 Euro Under-21 Championships. This will be the semi-finals between the two teams, and it is a win-or-go-home situation for them. Israel qualified for the semis when they defeated Georgia through penalties. England on the other hand were able to escape the might of the young Portugal team, winning in a 1-0 score line. Moreover, both England and Israel are from Group C, where England finish on top, while Israel is at the second. This is just the fourth time that these two squads meet in their history, with England winning twice, and Israel winning just one. This meeting will be on July 6, 2023, at 12:00 AM (GMT+8).

England U21

Euro U21: England
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England have been nothing but impressive in their campaign since the group stage. In fact, this squad have yet to suffer a defeat in their campaign, a record they want to extend here. They perfect their group stage which puts them at the top of their group. They were able to escape Portugal during the quarterfinals, courtesy of Anthony Gordon’s goal. As they are a win away from earning a spot in the Finals, they are hopeful to finally end their title drought. This squad last won in the contest during the 1984 edition. This record gives them the motivation to win in this match, to finally clinch another title after almost four decades. England’s win against Israel during the group stage gives them the confidence for their meeting once again. They will look to build from their 2-0 win on their meeting in the group stage to clinch a finals spot.

It is just unfortunate though that they have absentees coming into this important match. They will be without Ben Johnson, and Max Aaron, who will both serve their respective suspensions due to their booking against Portugal. Additionally, Jacob Ramsey might also not participate here following his injury on their last match. Fortunately, Harvey Elliot is expected to return in this match, after being absent on their previous match.

Israel U21

Euro U21: Israel
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Israel on the other had a tougher quarterfinals as they had a highly-contested quarterfinals against Georgia. On that match, 90 minutes is not enough, as it finished in a goalless draw, so a penalty shootout is needed. They have won 4-3 during the shootout which earns them a qualification in the semis. In their history, Israel have neither won nor enter the Finals of the Euro U21. Even before the 90th minute of the match ended, Israel actually had their chances of scoring a goal. It is just unfortunate that they were not able to take advantage of their chances, which became a concern for their team. This is the first time that Israel reach the semi-finals, so they surely have the experience disadvantage here. However, considering their recent run in the contest, it is not impossible that they could win in this match. As they lost to England in the group stage, Israel will surely have a revenge here.

Unfortunately for Israel, they will also be withoutPeretz and Eden Karzev, who will both serve their suspensions for this match.


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