Kenny Nets Stunner But England Under-21s Held To Draw

Jonjoe Kenny scored a stunning 30-yard goal as already-eliminated England ended their European Under-21 Championship campaign with a 3-3 draw against Croatia. 

Everton defender Kenny, who is set to join Bundesliga side Schalke on loan for the 2019-20 campaign, let fly with an unstoppable shot to put the young Lions 3-2 up with 20 minutes remaining in San Marino, only for Josip Brekalo’s second goal of the night to earn his nation a point. 

The result meant England avoided finishing bottom of Group C, instead condemning their opponents to that fate. 

 
Both sides had seen their chances of progressing to the knockout stages of the competition vanish after losing their opening two games against France and eventual group winners Romania.  
 
Kenny was one of two Everton starters against Croatia, with Kieran Dowell chosen in midfield for the second successive match. Striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin was an unused substitute. 

Having hit the front through winger Reiss Nelson’s 11th-minute penalty kick, England were pegged back six minutes before the break as Wolfsburg's Brekalo beat goalkeeper Dean Henderson. 

James Maddison put Aidy Boothroyd’s side back in command within three minutes of the restart but Nikola Vlasic, who last week left Everton to join Russian side CSKA Moscow in a permanent deal, pulled his nation level once more just after the hour mark. 

Kenny then delivered his moment of magic, picking up possession and setting himself before unleashing a powerful drive that arrowed past Croatia stopper Ivo Grbic. 

That looked as though it would see England end a disappointing tournament on a positive note, only for Brekalo to have the final say eight minutes from time. 

Kenny completed the full 90 minutes, while Dowell was replaced by Chelsea’s Mason Mount with 34 minutes remaining.  

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