Smith Rowe on target again as England U21 advance

Emile Smith Rowe celebrates scoring against Israel

Emile Smith Rowe netted his second goal in as many games to help England beat Israel 2-0 and book a place in the knockout stages of the U21 European Championships.

Unlike in the opening match against the Czech Republic, Emile was handed a start by boss Lee Carsley and he would play 70 minutes in Kutaisi, Georgia, departing just two minutes after firing his side into a healthy lead and netting in successive games.

He had the ball in the net after just three minutes when he finished off a neat move but saw it ruled out for offside, however 12 minutes later Newcastle United’s Anthony Gordon put the Three Lions ahead when he headed in a Morgan Gibbs-White cross.

England continued to enjoy the better of the game, and midway through the second half Emile was involved in a slick passing move and was once again found by Gibbs-White just outside the box, and he unleashed a right-footed blast that fizzed into the bottom corner out of the reach of Israel’s Daniel Peretz to register his fifth goal at under-21 level.

Emile departed the field soon after having won his 12th cap, but enough had been done to ensure his side reached the last eight with a game to spare as group winners, following the Czech Republic’s win against holders Germany.

That is who England face next on Wednesday, safe in the knowledge they’ll play the runners-up of Group A in the quarter-finals, which could be either the Netherlands, Belgium, Georgia or Nuno Tavares’ Portugal.

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