Jones and Trafford secure U21 European glory for England

8 Jul 2023

Liverpool midfielder's goal and goalkeeper's penalty save earn 1-0 victory over Spain

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Liverpool's Curtis Jones scored the decisive goal, while James Trafford saved a late penalty, as England edged past Spain 1-0 to win the UEFA Under-21 European Championship in Georgia.

It is the first time England have won the competition since 1984 and they have done so by winning every match, without conceding a single goal.

Lee Carsley’s side made the breakthrough in first-half added time, having struck the woodwork a minute earlier.

See: How England’s young stars reached the top

Cole Palmer struck a free-kick and his effort went in via a deflection off Jones.

While the goal was initially adjudged to be the Manchester City midfielder’s, it was eventually credited to Jones.

Spain pushed for an equaliser and were awarded a stoppage-time penalty.

However, Abel Ruiz’s spot-kick was saved by Trafford, who had predicted he would be called into action.

"I told everyone this morning I was going to save a pen," he said. "When they got a penalty, I knew I was going to save it."

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