Watch: Liverpool’s Curtis Jones scores well-taken effort for England Under-21s
Liverpool‘s Curtis Jones marked his return to the England Under-21s starting XI with a goal, their second in a 2-1 victory over Croatia’s Under-21s, but it wasn’t enough to stop them crashing out of the Under-21 European Championship.
Jones had controversially been left out of Aidy Boothroyd’s starting line-ups as the Young Lions began the tournament in underwhelming fashion, with back-to-back defeats to Switzerland (1-0) and Portugal (2-0).
But they bounced back with a solid result against Croatia, in which the 20-year-old midfielder doubled England’s lead in the 73rd minute, after an early penalty from Crystal Palace’s Eberechi Eze put them ahead.
It looked to be a crucial goal for England, but Croatia scored a late injury-time goal in response, and it was far from a consolation – it meant they progressed through to the next stage at England’s expense due to goal difference.
Jurgen Klopp will no doubt be hoping the youngster returns to Liverpool in a confident mood, with a crucial period coming up – the Reds face Arsenal on Saturday before a double-header against Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Great finish, @curtisjr_10 🔥 pic.twitter.com/IUCsExFnck
— England (@England) March 31, 2021
The 30 academy grads given Liverpool debuts by Klopp & how they’ve fared
Where are they now? Liverpool’s 11 youngest Premier League goalscorers
Can you name every member of Liverpool’s 2000-01 squad?
‘He’s got football arrogance’ – 11 quotes on rising Liverpool star Curtis Jones