Euro U21 Qualifying - Group 9
Bosnia and Herzegovina U210England U210

Bosnia-Herzegovina U21 0-0 England U21

England Under-21s
England's last draw in European qualifying was in September 2013

England Under-21s continued their unbeaten start to qualifying for the 2017 European Championship with a goalless draw in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Gareth Southgate's side played the last 18 minutes of a game of few chances with 10 men after Southampton defender Jack Stephens was sent off.

They failed to win a qualifier for the first time in two years but go top of Group 9.

England face Switzerland in Brighton on Monday.

Southgate was without Eric Dier and Dele Alli - named in Roy Hodgson's senior squad - while Liverpool forward Jordon Ibe and Everton defender Ty Browning were out injured.

Both sides created little in Sarajevo. Nathaniel Chalobah went close with a header from James Ward-Prowse's cross and the hosts threatened when England keeper Jordan Pickford fumbled Haris Hajradinovic's shot.

Stephens, who is on loan at Middlesbrough, was dismissed in the 72nd minute for a second booking in three minutes but England comfortably saw out the remainder of the game.

England, now level with both Norway and Switzerland on seven points, face the Swiss in their fourth qualifying fixture of the campaign on Monday.

England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate:

"The simplest things become very difficult on that pitch, because it bounces up and you've got to have a touch and there's so many bouncing, bobbling balls.

"We attempted to keep playing as we want to, but we couldn't move the ball quickly enough to break them down and create clear-cut chances.

"We're spoilt with the quality of our surfaces and you accept that coming away from home, that's one of the challenges.

"We took a hell of a lot of fouls and I think the game was difficult enough for technical players with the surface but when you get consistently fouled, you need some protection.

"There were a couple of flashpoint moments when we could lose our discipline, but we didn't and kept our third clean sheet.

"Monday becomes key now and if we win there, this becomes a good point."

Line-ups

Bosnia and Herzegovina U21

  • 1Piric
  • 7Memija
  • 6Jovicic
  • 17Sanicanin
  • 3Civic
  • 18Redzic
  • 8Sadikovic
  • 15PopovicBooked at 38mins
  • 10CerimagicSubstituted forBajricat 90+5'minutes
  • 16HajradinovicBooked at 44mins
  • 20PrevljakBooked at 76mins

Substitutes

  • 2Corluka
  • 4Gojkovic
  • 5Satara
  • 9Festic
  • 12Trkulja
  • 13Bajric
  • 19Suljic

England U21

  • 1Pickford
  • 2Iorfa
  • 5ChambersBooked at 84mins
  • 6StephensBooked at 71mins
  • 3Targett
  • 4ChalobahBooked at 44mins
  • 8Ward-Prowse
  • 7Baker
  • 10Loftus-CheekSubstituted forForster-Caskeyat 86'minutes
  • 9AkpomSubstituted forWatmoreat 70'minutes
  • 11SolankeSubstituted forWoodrowat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Aina
  • 13Wildsmith
  • 14March
  • 15Forster-Caskey
  • 16Watmore
  • 17Gray
  • 18Woodrow
Referee:
Alexander Harkam

Match Stats

Home TeamBosnia and Herzegovina U21Away TeamEngland U21
Possession
Home32%
Away68%
Shots
Home5
Away8
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home21
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 0, England U21 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 0, England U21 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Bosnia and Herzegovina U21. Dino Bajric replaces Armin Cerimagic.

Attempt missed. Dominic Iorfa (England U21) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Targett with a cross following a corner.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Sinisa Sanicanin.

Cauley Woodrow (England U21) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Eldar Civic (Bosnia and Herzegovina U21).

Attempt missed. Cauley Woodrow (England U21) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross following a set piece situation.

Cauley Woodrow (England U21) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Eldar Civic (Bosnia and Herzegovina U21).

Substitution

Substitution, England U21. Cauley Woodrow replaces Dominic Solanke.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, England U21. Jake Forster-Caskey replaces Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Delay in match Sinisa Sanicanin (Bosnia and Herzegovina U21) because of an injury.

Booking

Calum Chambers (England U21) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Calum Chambers (England U21).

Sinisa Sanicanin (Bosnia and Herzegovina U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

James Ward-Prowse (England U21) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ajdin Redzic (Bosnia and Herzegovina U21).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Matt Targett (England U21) because of an injury.

Matt Targett (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marin Popovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina U21).

Dominic Iorfa (England U21) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Armin Cerimagic (Bosnia and Herzegovina U21).

James Ward-Prowse (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Haris Hajradinovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina U21).

Booking

Smail Prevljak (Bosnia and Herzegovina U21) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Calum Chambers (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Smail Prevljak (Bosnia and Herzegovina U21).

Corner, Bosnia and Herzegovina U21. Conceded by Lewis Baker.

Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (England U21).

Smail Prevljak (Bosnia and Herzegovina U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Bosnia and Herzegovina U21. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Jack Stephens (England U21) for a bad foul.

Foul by Jack Stephens (England U21).

Armin Cerimagic (Bosnia and Herzegovina U21) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (England U21).

Haris Hajradinovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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