England Euro U.21 Champions with Leicester’s Luke Thomas among winners but not involved in final heroics

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Excited and upbeat before the final and with hopes to see Luke Thomas being involved for England vs. Spain, but he was not chosen to play by Lee Carsley, surprisingly dropped after a good performance in the semi-final vs. Israel.

England and Spain were equal in play, but England took the lead from a Cole Palmer free kick after 45 plus minutes in the first half.

Leicester were said to have been in the chase for heroic goalkeeper James Trafford, who is close to a move to Burnley, and showed why he is so highly valued, saving a penalty late in the game to keep the hope high.

Luke Thomas was part of the journey, despite sitting out the final, he must be glad to have seen his two games vs. Germany and Israel both being comfortable wins and doing his job perfectly.

His future at Leicester could be uncertain with both West Ham and Forest said to have their eyes on him, but hopefully he can stay and build on his game and convince Enzo Maresca he has a future at the club. He fought of competition from Victor Kristiansen during Dean Smith’s interim period, being chosen for the final game at home to West Ham, playing the full game in the 2-1 win.

Again great to see a Leicester player lifting trophies and a big congratulation to Luke Thomas who has been part of this U.21 set up since 2021, to date being capped 15 times at this level, building his international career as he has been part of the U.18, U.19 and U.20 in the past.

This was the first Euro U.21 tournament win for England since 1984, with former fox Mich d’Avrey part of the squad. He was actually born in South Africa and represented Ipswich at the time, later moving on loan to Leicester, playing 3 times. The forward scored one goal in two England u.21 internationals, and it was in the semi’s of the 1984 tournament, helping England to land the title back then.


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