England Under-19s won their second European crown on Friday, seeing off Israel 3-1 in the final to win the European Under-19 Championship for the first time since 2017.

These two sides met in the group stage just a week ago and it was England who came out on top then, so they entered this game as favourites but knew they could not underestimate an Israel side who stunned France in the semi-final.

Indeed, Israel showed the kind of class that had brought them to this stage in the first half. They were by far the better team, stifling England while also creating a number of dangerous chances of their own.

40 minutes in, Israel got the goal their positive play had deserved and there was no surprise who scored it. Maccabi Tel Aviv youngster Oscar Gloukh, one of the top players at this tournament, pulled out some gorgeous footwork in the box before lashing the ball into the top corner to give Ofir Haim’s side a well-deserved lead at the break.

England knew something needed to change quickly and, after coming out for the second half with more positivity, they sneaked an equaliser seven minutes after the interval.

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