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Record breaker Nketiah helps England Under-21s to Euros

Eddie Nketiah scored his 14th goal for England Under-21sEddie Nketiah became England Under-21s’ leading goalscorer as they beat Turkey at Molineux to book their place at next year’s European Championship.Nketiah missed an 84th-minute penalty but coolly clipped in a record 14th goal at this level four minutes later.England went ahead through Huseyin Turkmen’s own goal,…

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Eddie Nketiah scored his 14th goal for England Under-21s

Eddie Nketiah became England Under-21s’ leading goalscorer as they beat Turkey at Molineux to book their place at next year’s European Championship.

Nketiah missed an 84th-minute penalty but coolly clipped in a record 14th goal at this level four minutes later.

England went ahead through Huseyin Turkmen’s own goal, deflecting Ryan Sessegnon’s cross into his net.

Aaron Ramsdale kept out Halil Dervisoglu’s penalty, but the Turkey striker netted a consolation late on.

Unbeaten England’s qualifying campaign has been exceptional, as they have won seven of their eight games, with their only blemish coming in a surprise 3-3 draw at minnows Andorra last time out.

But Aidy Boothroyd’s side finish top of Group Three with two games to spare and reach their eighth consecutive European Championship.

Borussia Dortmund teenager Jude Bellingham bossed the midfield but it was fellow Bundesliga player Sessegnon, on loan at Hoffenheim from Tottenham, who created the opener with his burst from the left – with Turkmen sticking a foot out to turn the ball into his own net.

But despite seeing a goal disallowed for offside and missing a penalty, Nketiah broke through to score a minute from time and take his goals tally past those of former England captain Alan Shearer and Francis Jeffers.

Captain Nketiah told BT Sport: “It is amazing. It is nice to get the three points but to beat the record is a dream come true and a proud moment for me and my family. There are still games left to add to that.

“I was disappointed with the penalty but I made sure I stayed cool when the chance fell to me and it was a nice finish.”

Boothroyd added: “Eddie Nketiah is in esteemed company with Alan Shearer. He is a terrific player and I genuinely think if he can have the career Alan has had, he will have done really well.”

Amid a busy fixture calendar, next year’s tournament – which is to be hosted in Hungary and Slovakia – has been split over two periods.

The group stages will take place in March and the knockout stage – featuring the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final – will be played from 31 May to 6 June.

Line-ups

England U21

  • 1Ramsdale
  • 2Aarons
  • 5Guehi
  • 4Godfrey
  • 18Justin
  • 20DasilvaSubstituted forEzeat 63′minutes
  • 16SkippBooked at 38mins
  • 11R Sessegnon
  • 8BellinghamBooked at 41mins
  • 10Hudson-OdoiSubstituted forMcNeilat 85′minutes
  • 9Nketiah

Substitutes

  • 3Panzo
  • 6Davies
  • 13Austin
  • 14Williams
  • 15R Williams
  • 17Eze
  • 19Surridge
  • 21McNeil
  • 22Bursik

Turkey U21

  • 1Bayindir
  • 19Asan
  • 4Türkmen
  • 20Tagir
  • 22SertelSubstituted forYilmazat 74′minutes
  • 18ÜlgünSubstituted forEyibilat 81′minutes
  • 5ÖzdemirSubstituted forKarakasat 89′minutes
  • 10Beyaz
  • 11CanbazSubstituted forKapacakat 45′minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 21DervisogluBooked at 18mins
  • 9Yalcin

Substitutes

  • 2Balci
  • 3Yilmaz
  • 7Kapacak
  • 8Süer
  • 12Destanoglu
  • 14Çankaya
  • 15Ibrahimoglu
  • 16Eyibil
  • 17Karakas

Live Text

  1. Match ends, England U21 2, Turkey U21 1.

  2. Second Half ends, England U21 2, Turkey U21 1.

  3. Eddie Nketiah (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Foul by Erkan Eyibil (Turkey U21).

  5. Goal! England U21 2, Turkey U21 1. Halil Dervisoglu (Turkey U21) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ilker Karakas following a fast break.

  6. Hand ball by Burak Kapacak (Turkey U21).

  7. Attempt blocked. Guven Yalcin (Turkey U21) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Halil Dervisoglu.

  8. Substitution, Turkey U21. Ilker Karakas replaces Berat Özdemir.

  9. Goal! England U21 2, Turkey U21 0. Eddie Nketiah (England U21) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.

  10. Eberechi Eze (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Foul by Guven Yalcin (Turkey U21).

  12. Ryan Sessegnon (England U21) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Foul by Ridvan Yilmaz (Turkey U21).

  14. Substitution, England U21. Dwight McNeil replaces Callum Hudson-Odoi.

  15. Penalty missed! Still England U21 1, Turkey U21 0. Eddie Nketiah (England U21) hits the right post with a right footed shot.

  16. Penalty England U21. James Justin draws a foul in the penalty area.

  17. Penalty conceded by Serkan Asan (Turkey U21) after a foul in the penalty area.

  18. Attempt missed. Eddie Nketiah (England U21) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon with a cross following a corner.

  19. Corner, England U21. Conceded by Ravil Tagir.

  20. Attempt blocked. Eddie Nketiah (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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