BAKER SCORES AS ENGLAND U21 WIN 3-0

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Chelsea’s Nathaniel Chalobah and Lewis Baker started for England U21 as they beat host Poland 3-0. Having led the line impressively in their opening two matches, Tammy Abraham dropped down to the bench, with Demarai Gray starting up front for the Three Lions.

The Leicester City winger Gray fired England into a sixth-minute lead as he collected a pass from his club team-mate Ben Chilwell, cut inside and curled his effort into the far corner, with a deflection taking the strike away from Poland goalkeeper Jakub Wrabel.

Jacob Murphy replaced Redmond in a switch during the break and the substitute’s impact was huge as he scored the all-important second goal for England 22 minutes from time.

Abraham was then introduced for James Ward-Prowse, and after a Baker free-kick was pushed into his path, the striker was unable to keep his header down.

A minute later, Abraham’s neat foot-work inside the Poland penalty area resulted in him being brought down, and a penalty for England. There was a discussion between the substitute and Chelsea team-mate Baker over who would take the kick, and eventually it was Baker, the designated penalty taker, who stepped forward and drilled his strike into the bottom corner to make it 3-0.

The England U21s are through to the semifinals.

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