England suffered a heartache in added time when a late Croatian goal failed to get out of the group at the European Under-21 Championship

A penalty from Eberechi Eze and a good strike from Curtis Jones were not enough to secure their progress as they had to win with two clear goals

Losing to Portugal and Switzerland meant England, who failed to make it through the group stage in five of their last six competitions, needed a two-goal lead to hit the goal difference

Aidy Boothroyd’s team, which failed to get out of the group stage in two consecutive competitions, finished last in their group – tied with Switzerland and Croatia, but with Croatia, which won the three-way Head-to-head goal difference defeats

England, who scored just one shot on goal in the tournament prior to that game, showed significant improvements over their two previous losses as Dwight McNeil troubled Croatia and Liverpool’s Jones looked bubbly and later scored the critical and well-deserved goal

Boothroyd, who led the U21 players to the final four in 2017, said the game was the biggest of his career and called his managerial job “absolutely impossible”

Five players failed a late-night fitness test, including Ben Godfrey, Tom Davies and Emile Smith Rowe, forcing Boothroyd to make seven changes to his starting XI

England looked nervous for the first few minutes, losing the ball and trying to keep their composure In the 11th However, he was awarded a penalty when Eddie Nketiah was fouled before Eze converted a confident penalty

It was Croatia that had the best chances when Dario Spikic, who was not marked in the box, missed a big chance to end the proceedings by shooting his shot over the bar

Aaron Ramsdale was forced to make an excellent save when England gave the ball in their own half, leaving Luka Ivanusec one on one with the Sheffield United goalkeeper

The Young Lions looked brighter in the second half when Jones’ long-range shot created a nasty distraction and missed the post and McNeil’s well-hit free kick ricocheted off the post

A stunning hit in the bottom corner from Jones, who started his first game for England in the tournament, seemed enough to secure a spot in the next round

But a wonderful stoppage-time goal from Bradaric sealed England’s fate as they were punished for their poor form in previous games

Attempt missed Japhet Tanganga’s right-footed shot from outside the penalty area is too high Prepared by Oliver Skipp

goal! Croatia U21 1, England U21 2 Domagoj Bradaric (Croatia U21) shot with his left foot from outside the box into the top right corner. Assisted by Lovro Majer

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Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/56583091