England U-19 will take on Serbia U-19 in a UEFA European Championship Group B fixture at Stadion SNP Stiavnicky on Wednesday. England made an impressive start to their campaign, defeating Austria 2-0 on Sunday, while Serbia played out a thrilling 2-2 draw against Israel last time out. After the completion of the first round of games, England sit at the top of the group with three points, while Serbia are placed at the third spot, level on one point with Israel. Meanwhile the tournament features eight teams competing for the title and they are separated into two groups of four.
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England made a spectacular start to the campaign by getting the better of an Austrian team, who had eliminated Spain in qualifying. On Sunday, the Three Lions found the back of the net twice through well-worked team moves. Midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka had a brilliant game, scoring the first one and setting up Alfie Devine to double the lead. Ian Foster’s side are one of the favourites to go all the way through to the final in Trnava, on July 1. The top two finishers in both groups of this eight-team tournament not only qualify for the semi-finals, but also automatically qualify for the 2023 Under-20 World Cup in Indonesia.
Serbia, on the other hand, were involved in an exciting end-to-end encounter against Israel’s last time out. Dejan Brankovic’s side opened the scoring through Marko Lazetic inside the opening eight minutes, before Oscar Gloch leveled the score for Israel in the 16th minute. Meanwhile in the 74th minute, Israel took the lead through Ahmad Ebraheim and looked like they would pocket the three points, but right at the end, in the third minute of injury-time, Stefan Lekovic salvaged a point for Serbia.
England boss Ian Foster is unlikely to make too many changes to the side that got the job done against Austria. Tottenham Hotspur’s Dane Scarlett will continue to lead the attack with Aston Villa trio Jacob Ramsey, Tim Iroegunam and Carney Chukwuemeka occupying the midfield. Chelsea’s Harvey Vale will captain the England U-19 side. As for Serbia, Marko Lazetic will lead the forward line in the 4-3-3 formation. Nemanja Motika and Miladinovic are expected to occupy the flanks. Midfielder Nikola Petkovic will captain the side.
England Under-19s probable starting lineup: Cox; Norton-Cuffy, Quanash, Edwards, Doyle; Chukwuemeka, Oroegbunam; Devine, Ramsey, Vale; Scarlett
Serbia Under-19s probable starting lineup: Lukic; Lazic, Ilic, Lekovic, Krsmanovic; Gordic, Petkovic, Lnezevic; Mildinovic, Motika, Lazetic.
The European U-19 championship Group B fixture between England and Serbia will take place at Stadion SNP Stiavnicky and it will kickoff at 11:30 pm IST on June 22, Wednesday.
Select matches of the 2022 European U-19 championship will be streamed live in certain territories on UEFA.tv. Highlights of all matches will be available to view as of midnight CET.
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