England Fall to Israel as Italy Rescue Late Draw with Norway

Ian Walton

Three Liverpool players finished England's failed U21 Euro campaign on the pitch, losing 1-0 to Israel as Italy rescued a point late against Norway.

Israel 1: Kriaf 80'
England 0

The nightmare is over for Stuart Pearce and his band of unmerry young men, who couldn't even salvage much pride in their Euro 2013 finale, losing to Israel en route to suffering their third loss--with a grand total of one goal scored--of the tournament. Andre Wisdom captained the side and was decent enough, but Jonjo Shelvey had an absolutely terrible day in the midfield, looking lost and barely putting a foot right on the day. Jordan Henderson came on at the half for Thomas Ince, though little could be done to revive an England collective that already had one foot in the airplane home. Another summer tournament, another England failure. Still funny? Probably, but it hurts to see Liverpool players heavily involved in such a catastrophe. Enjoy the break, boys, and get ready for preseason.

Norway 1: Strandberg (pen.) 90'
Italy 1: Bertolacci 90+4'

Fabio Borini didn't end up seeing any minutes for Italy, who rescued a point at the death with an injury-time equalizer from substitute Andrea Bertolacci. Norway had taken the lead on a Stefan Strandberg penalty in the 90th minute and looked to be winners, but Bertolacci's looping equalizer meant that Italy could reclaim the top spot in Group A. They'll move on with Norway to the semifinals, where it's hard to see much time for Borini if Lorenzo Insigne truly is fit to start. Hopefully Borini gets a minute or two before the tournament's up, but the main goal (at least from a Liverpool perspective) is getting him through a full preseason healthy and ready for the start of the season to come.

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