Filed: Tuesday, 23rd June 2009
By: Staff Writer
James Tomkins made his first start in the under 21 European Championships as England drew 1-1 with Germany in Halmsted last night.
Tomkins - who had started from the bench in both of England's opening fixtures - pushed his claims for a starting berth in this weekend's semi final by playing a full 90 minutes in a reshuffled England side featuring no less than ten changes to the team that beat Spain 2-0 last week.
Despite going a goal behind against the run of play to a Gonzalo Castro strike early on, Everton's Jack Rodwell equalised for Stuart Pearce's inexperienced young Lions shortly before half time. With no further goals in the second half, Rodwell's strike ensured England secured top spot in the Group B and a semi-final spot against the runners-up in Group A.
West Ham United's Mark Noble, captain of England's under 21s was an unused substitute. England find out who they will face in the semis later today once the final round of Group A games are completed.
You can see highlights from last night's game here.
Serbia v Sweden (Malmo, 20:45 local time)
Belarus v Italy (Helsingborg, 20:45 local time)
England v Group A runners-up (26th June)
Germany v Group A winners (26th June)
World Cup draw: bad news for England [6th Dec 2013]
West Ham Utd 3-0 Fulham [30th Nov 2013]
West Ham Utd v Fulham: half time report [30th Nov 2013]
Norwich City 3-1 West Ham Utd [9th Nov 2013]
Reid out [7th Nov 2013]
Hammers ignored - again [7th Nov 2013]
Allardyce on... Manchester City [19th Oct 2013]
Tottenham Hotspur 0-3 West Ham Utd [6th Oct 2013]
Tottenham v West Ham Utd: half time report [6th Oct 2013]
01:26PM 23rd Jun 2009
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