Emile Smith Rowe started the European Under-21 Championship final against Spain as England won the tournament for the first time since 1984.
Cole Palmer’s free-kick struck the back of Curtis Jones and the deflection evaded the Spanish goalkeeper Arnau Tenas to give the Young Lions the lead in the first half.
Tensions were high after the opening goal as England assistant coach Ashley Cole and one of the Spanish coaching staff were both shown red cards as things got heated on the sidelines.
Emile was substituted on 66th-minute mark, being replaced by Noni Madueke with Lee Carsley’s side still leading 1-0 with just over 20 minutes remaining on the clock.
In the final minute of injury-time in the match Spain were awarded a penalty but James Trafford made an incredible double save to secure the trophy.
Trafford’s heroics mean the Young Lions didn’t concede a single goal throughout the entire tournament.
Emile more than played his part during the competition, scoring in the group stage wins over the Czech Republic and Israel, and featuring in both the quarter-final and semi-final successes.
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