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The Young Lions have won the Under-21 European Championship after Curtis Jones’ fortuitous goal secured a 1-0 win over Spain in Georgia.

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In a dramatic end to the game, Manchester City goalkeeper James Trafford, who is set to join Burnley this summer, made a crucial save on Abel Ruiz’s penalty in stoppage time. The save prevented Spain from equalizing, which would have forced the match into extra time.

The Young Lions managed to take the lead in a scrappy game that saw a total of 11 bookings and four red cards. Even England coach Ashley Cole received a red card during the match. The goal came from a free-kick taken by Cole Palmer, which deflected off Curtis Jones as he ducked in front of the wall. The ball looped into the net of Spain’s goalkeeper, Arnau Tenas.

This victory marks an end to England’s 39-year wait for success at the Under-21 level. Manager Lee Carsley led the team to the tournament win without conceding a single goal throughout their six matches.

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