Search

Arsenal duo aim for Euro U21s semi-final spot

PUBLISHED: 09:00 22 June 2017

Arsenal's Calum Chambers (left) and  Rob Holding (second right) on England under-21s duty (pic Martin Rickett/PA)

Arsenal's Calum Chambers (left) and Rob Holding (second right) on England under-21s duty (pic Martin Rickett/PA)

PA Wire/PA Images

Arsenal’s Calum Chambers and Rob Holding will be aiming to help England under-21s into the European Championship semi-finals today (Thursday).

The Young Lions face Poland, who include Gunners youngster Krystian Bielik, and know a win will take them through to the last four following a come-from-behind success against Slovakia on Monday.

Chambers, who scored in the 4-3 defeat against Liverpool on the opening day of last season before going on loan to Middlesbrough, played the full 90 minutes in the 2-1 triumph, having also been on the pitch for the whole of England’s goalless draw with Sweden on Friday.

But Holding, who enjoyed a run in the Arsenal first team towards the end of the campaign, including partnering Per Mertesacker in the FA Cup final win over Chelsea has been an unused substitute by Aidy Boothroyd in the first two matches.

England had to thank goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for saving a penalty from Linus Wahlqvist as their clash with defending champions Sweden finished in a 0-0 draw, but they fell behind to Martin Chrien’s header for Slovakia.

Alfie Mawson levelled five minutes into the second half, though, and Nathan Redmond netted a winner just past the hour mark to leave England top of their group ahead of facing the hosts, who scored a last-minute penalty equaliser against Sweden.

The three group winners go through to the semi-finals, along with the best runner-up, and Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin is chasing glory with Spain.

Bellerin had pledged to donate £50 for every minute he played at the tournament to support victims of the Grenfell Tower fire and totted up the full 90 in their 5-0 win over Macedonia on Saturday.

Saul put the Spaniards in front early on, with Marco Asensio and Gerard Deulofeu (penalty) making it 3-0 at the interval.

And Asensio struck twice more after the restart to complete his hat-trick.

Spain then beat Portugal 3-1 on Tuesday to secure their semi-final spot, with Bellerin again playing the whole match. Their final group game is against Serbia on Friday.

Latest Islington Sports News

Fri, 08:00

London All-Stars and London Titans are gearing up for an epic weekend of wheelchair basketball, as the Lord’s Taverners Junior Leagues returns for the 2018/19 season.

Thu, 19:00

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira says the intense rivalry between Uruguay and Brazil will make their encounter at the Emirates Stadium a competitive and full-blooded affair.

Thu, 18:00

Gallagher, the proud title partner of Premiership Rugby, has launched a nationwide competition for community rugby clubs to win a training session coached by their local Gallagher Premiership Rugby club.

Thu, 16:30

Unbeaten Arsenal Women will look for a 10th straight win in all competitions when they return to action with a trip to Everton this weekend.

Thu, 15:00

Boston Arms lost their unbeaten record at the top of the Archway League table in dramatic fashion, going down 10-5 at Royal Oak B.

Thu, 14:15

Islington’s Ewan Jenkins claimed his third London title in a year with victory in tyhe final of the NABGC Championships.

Wed, 18:00

With a month to go until the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup returns to the Lee Valley Velopark in Stratford, the Great Britain squad for the next round in Berlin has been announced.

Wed, 16:00

The Poplar-based club also hosted a show earlier this month which saw nine bouts contested

Promoted Content

Fostering older teenagers means giving them the skills for life as an adult. Here, a supportive lodgings carer with Islington Council and young adult who has left care share their stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Islington Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now