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Curtis Jones sent off in bust-up after England's heartbreaking U21 Euros exit

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Liverpool star Curtis Jones was involved in an incredible bust up as he was sent off for England U21s.

The 20-year-old tried to confront Croatia players after the final whistle in a major flare up.

Jones had to be wrestled away from a fight by England staff and was shown a second yellow card for his loss of control.

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Boss Aidy Boothroyd said: “It got a bit heated. There has been no racial situation at all. The passion and disappointment of one team celebrating and our boys being devastated… it was something and nothing.

“He got the blood on the nose in the game. All the players are very disappointed.

“There was a team jumping around, staff on the pitch celebrating in between some of our boys. I will find out what went on there. It was highly emotive situation. Difficult things can happen. Both sets of staff sorted it out.”

Jones came close to pulling off a minor miracle clinching the two goal lead that would have sent England into the knockout stage in May

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But an injury time wonder-goal from Domagoj Bradaric, smashed home from 25 yards in the 91 st minute, wrecked the Three Lions hopes.

Boothroyd praised the spirit of his players who revived after two miserable Group D defeats and only one shot on target.

England were energetic, determined and composed, everything they weren’t and questions will be asked as to the attacking intent, team selection and attitude in the previous games.

Jones has played brilliantly before being upset after the final whistle as the Croats danced around the pitch.

England took the lead after 12 minutes after a positive start. Awarded a highly debatable penalty for Luka Ivanusec’s challenge on Eddie Nketiah, Crystal Palace[1] star Eberiche Eze rolled the kick home.

There was a huge melee after the full-time whistle
There was a huge melee after the full-time whistle
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It took until the 75 th minute for the Jones to grab the second. Sub Rhian Brewster lashed in a cross and Dwight McNeil shielded the rebound and laid off to Jones.

The Anfield kid picked his spot from 15 yards out and had Boothroyd and his staff roaring with delight on the sidelines.

But Croatia only needed to score another themselves to qualify, and they did that 47 seconds into injury time when Bradaric rifled home a brilliant strike from 25 yards.

It took until the 75 th minute for the Jones to grab the second. Sub Rhian Brewster lashed in a cross and Dwight McNeil shielded the rebound and laid off to Jones.

The Anfield kid picked his spot from 15 yards out and had Boothroyd and his staff roaring with delight on the sidelines.

But Croatia only needed to score another themselves to qualify, and they did that 47 seconds into injury time when Bradaric rifled home a brilliant strike from 25 yards.

References

  1. ^ Crystal Palace (www.mirror.co.uk)

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Curtis Jones sent off in bust-up after England's heartbreaking U21 Euros exit
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