England defeated Spain 1-0 yesterday to claim the 2023 European U21 Championship.
The young lions took the lead when Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones deflected Cole Palmer’s free kick in after dodging into the wall during the first half’s final seconds to give them a halftime lead.
In the sixth minute of extra time in the second half, Levi Colwill was found to have fouled Ruiz by the VAR, but Burnley goalkeeper James Trafford made a last-second save to deny Spain’s striker the equaliser in the 98th minute. England’s Under-21 team went on to win their first European championship in 39 years.
Speaking after saving the last-minute penalty, England goalkeeper James Trafford said he was confident of saving the spot kick. “I told everyone this morning I was going to save a pen,” he said. “When they got a penalty, I knew I was going to save it.” “It means a lot for us, the record. “We believed that no one could score against us, and we showed it,” he said.