Saints quartet see Euro place snatched

By SFC Media time Thu 29 May First team

Saints quartet Calum Chambers, Matt Targett, Sam Gallagher and Harrison Reed featured as a 1-0 loss with Ukraine blocked England Under-19s’ passage to the 2014 European Championship.

A Chambers own goal has seen the Young Lions slip to second Group 1 of the Elite Round with six points as Thursday’s opponents moved above them to secure a place in this year’s competition in Hungary.

Chambers captained the side, while Targett started alongside him in the backline with Gallagher and Reed watching on from the bench.

The latter duo were both introduced in the final ten minutes as England battled to the draw – a result they deserved at the very least.

735 people were in attendance at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium; one of those was Southampton Chairman Ralph Krueger, who was casting an eye over his team’s four representatives.

Chambers marshalled England’s backline immaculately in the first half, allowing fellow defender Targett to burst down the left flank and constantly threaten with fizzing crosses and accurate passes inside.

Noel Blake’s side dominated in the opening 45 minutes, with Chelsea midfield players John Swift, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Lewis Baker being particularly influential as England pressed to no avail.

That didn’t quite prove to be the case in the early stages after the restart as Christian Walton was forced into an acrobatic save when a cross was swung towards Roman Yaremchuk for a powerful header at the back post.

Targett was replaced by MK Dons defender Brendan Galloway ten minutes into the second period after a typically solid left-back display.

Gallagher and Reed were brought on with ten and five minutes remaining respectively as the hosts continued to push for a winner that never came. 

On the break, an initial Ukraine shot was saved before an unfortunate ricochet off Chambers saw the ball bounce in and hand the visitors Euro qualification.

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