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England reached the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship for the first time since 2009

England reached the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship for the first time since 2009

England U21 3-0 Poland
England reached the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship for the first time since 2009 by comfortably beating 10-man Poland to finish top of Group A.

Demarai Gray opened the scoring early on with a long-range effort before substitute Jacob Murphy tapped in.

Poland rarely threatened and had defender Jan Bednarek sent off late on for tripping Tammy Abraham in the box.

Lewis Baker converted the resultant penalty to complete the win.

The victory against the hosts means Aidy Boothroyd’s side top the standings with seven points.

Who will England play in the last four?

England can now look forward to a semi-final at the Stadion Miejski in Tychy on Tuesday, 27 June [17:00 BST] although they will not know who they will face until the completion of the group stage on Saturday.

They will play either Portugal from Group B or Germany, Italy or the Czech Republic from Group C.

There are only three groups at the tournament – with the three winners each progressing along with the best-placed runners up. Who England play depends on who claims the spot as the best runner-up.

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