England U21: Carroll strike secures win over Czech Republic

Tom Carroll
Tom Carroll's goal in Prague was his second for England at under-21 level

Tom Carroll's second-half strike gave England Under-21s a 1-0 win in the Czech Republic - and a 12th win in 13 games for Gareth Southgate's side.

The Tottenham midfielder, who is on a season-long loan with Swansea, scored soon after the break in Prague, capitalising on a goalkeeping mistake.

Watford's Matej Vydra went closest for the hosts in the first half when his shot was cleared off the line.

The U21 European Championships will be held in Czech Republic in the summer.

England lost 3-2 in France in their last match in November, after they had won their previous 11 games, but they returned to the winner's circle after a gritty display at the Letna Stadium.

In the 12th minute, Alex Pritchard picked out Cauley Woodrow, who turned and shot just over the bar as England began brightly.

2015 European Under-21 Championship draw
Group AGroup B
Czech RepublicEngland
GermanyItaly
DenmarkPortugal
SerbiaSweden

However, the Czechs were more dangerous in the rest of first half and Carroll cleared a Matej Vydra shot from a corner off the line shortly before the half-hour.

Three minutes into the second half Gareth Southgate's side edged ahead thanks to an opportunistic goal from the impressive Carroll.

Nathan Redmond did superbly to nip between two players in midfield before he spread the play out to Chambers.

The Arsenal defender's cross was fumbled by Czech goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka and back out into the area, where Carroll arrived to stroke the ball home.

Carroll, who captained the side, was withdrawn later in the half after he picked up a knock and was replaced by Derby's Will Hughes.

But England's players finished the game strongly and apart from Ondrej Petrak's shot, which flashed past the post, England goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli remained largely untroubled.

Line-ups

Czech Rep U21

  • 16Pavlenka
  • 14Holes
  • 3Kalas
  • 19Stronati
  • 21Hanousek
  • 10Skalak
  • 8Zmrhal
  • 6PetrakSubstituted forTakácsat 71'minutes
  • 20TravnikBooked at 40minsSubstituted forHouskaat 83'minutes
  • 11FrydekSubstituted forMasopustat 61'minutes
  • 9VydraSubstituted forPrikrylat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Koubek
  • 2Jugas
  • 4Hruby
  • 5Brabec
  • 7Houska
  • 12Hybs
  • 15Baranek
  • 17Prikryl
  • 18Masopust
  • 22Takács
  • 23Reichl

England U21

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 2ChambersSubstituted forJenkinsonat 61'minutes
  • 5Keane
  • 6MooreSubstituted forStonesat 70'minutes
  • 3TargettSubstituted forGarbuttat 45'minutes
  • 8Ward-Prowse
  • 10CarrollSubstituted forHughesat 53'minutes
  • 4Forster-CaskeyBooked at 31mins
  • 11RedmondBooked at 58mins
  • 9WoodrowSubstituted forIngsat 62'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 7PritchardSubstituted forLingardat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Garbutt
  • 13Bond
  • 14Jenkinson
  • 15Stones
  • 16Hughes
  • 17Lingard
  • 18Ings

Match Stats

Home TeamCzech Rep U21Away TeamEngland U21
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home15
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Czech Republic U21 0, England U21 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Czech Republic U21 0, England U21 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jiri Skalak (Czech Republic U21) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  4. Booking

    Danny Ings (England U21) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Danny Ings (England U21).

  6. Post update

    David Houska (Czech Republic U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Czech Republic U21. Conceded by Luke Garbutt.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jiri Skalak (Czech Republic U21) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tomas Prikryl.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Luke Garbutt (England U21).

  10. Post update

    Ladislav Takács (Czech Republic U21) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Czech Republic U21. Tomas Kalas tries a through ball, but Jiri Skalak is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Luke Garbutt (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Lukas Masopust (Czech Republic U21).

  14. Post update

    Foul by John Stones (England U21).

  15. Post update

    Ladislav Takács (Czech Republic U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Corner, England U21. Conceded by Jiri Pavlenka.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. John Stones (England U21) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Corner, England U21. Conceded by Tomás Holes.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jesse Lingard (England U21) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Czech Republic U21. David Houska replaces Michal Travnik.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 27th March 2015

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