Netherlands U19 1-2 England U19: Substitute Brown sends Young Lions to semi-final
Solanke scores England's equaliser | Photo: UEFA

Izzy Brown's left-footed strike in added time took England under-19s to the semi-finals of the European Championships.

The second half substitute's winner in the 92nd minute also confirms England's place in the U20 World Cup next year.

Sam Lammers had given Aron Winter's Netherlands side the lead after ten minutes after finding space in the penalty area but Chelsea's Dominic Solanke, receiving the ball from Ainsley Maitland-Niles, turned before finishing precisely past Yanick van Osch to level things in the first half.

The two teams line-up for the national anthems | Photo: Danial Thacket/UEFA/Twitter
The two teams line-up for the national anthems | Photo: Danial Thacker/UEFA/Twitter

After a startling opening in their opening Group B game saw England two goals up within ten minutes, it was the contrary on Friday morning. The Netherlands started with possession, allowed to hold the ball within the middle third and their own half by a defensively organised England. Yet that organisation was shattered as Sam Lammers drove into the box and found space, enough to shoot in. Freddie Woodman had little chance to stop a powerful shot into the far corner, the first attempt from either side, but a goal after ten minutes.

England responded superbly, shocked into action by Lammers' strike. Although Steven Bergwijn had a shot blocked soon after the opened, the resulting corner saw England captain Taylor Moore fouled and from there, the Young Lions were spurred on. Jordan Rossiter followed up the clearance of a low-driven cross from Ademola Lookman and had a precise shot blocked.

Just a minute later, Tammy Abraham had a second chance for England before Tottenham Hotspur's Joshua Onomah missed the target. Dominic Solanke strained his neck to beat his marker to a wonderful cross from Ainsley Maitland-Niles but his flicked header sailed just wide of Yanick van Osch's post.

After England's period of domination, that they should have scored from to assert their new-found dominance on the game, Abdelhak Nouri's intelligence saw him force centre-back Fikayo Tomori to block his shot on the edge of the box. Nouri, as Netherlands captain, ordered his team to pressurise England's defence, who are comfortable to hold possession, in twos rather than ones for greater effectiveness. Tomori made a second excellent block to deny Lammers from getting his second of the game.

Despite the Netherlands stopping England's short spell of chances, it was Aidy Boothroyd's Young Lions who equalised. Dominic Solanke received the pass from Maitland-Niles before turning superbly and with excellent precision, beating van Osch at the Dutch goalkeeper's right-hand post.

England's threat significantly decreased after equalising while ter Avest attempted a lob from his own half but it landed on top of Woodman's net, thankfully for the Newcastle United goalkeeper.

Abdelhak Nouri had a lob attempt caught comfortably by Woodman after the break, taking a ball from Lammers in his stride after Rossiter has lost the ball in midfield.

Both sides had chances, Woodman denying Nouri on further occasions. Both sides made changes, too. The key substitution, though, came from England as Brown replaced Ademola Lookman. The Chelsea forward was usurped in the starting XI by his club teammate Tammy Abraham but proved his worth as a sub.

As both sides seemed to accept a draw as a fair result, knowing they would need a win on the final day. Now, only Winter's Dutch side will need a win.

Particularly as the game approached 80 minutes, both sides lost their energy, lost their drive. Not Brown, however, who struck brilliantly giving van Osch a huge task to tip it wide. Instead, it went past the Dutch goalkeeper and was almost the final kick of the game.

England face Croatia in their final Group B game, although they could lose and still progress. A win or draw will confirm their place as group winners.