an champions scored a stoppage-time winner to bring an end to England U21s’ 18-game unbeaten run.

England looked to have done enough to earn a draw at Bournemouth’s but the unmarked Felix Uduokhai popped up with a late scrappy goal.

Dominic Solanke had earlier equalised after an excellent turn by Phil Foden, cancelling out Mahmoud Dahoud’s opener.

were good value for the win after dominating the first half and pressing for a winner after the break.

midfielder Dahoud fired in front with a smart finish after 27 minutes, and they came close to doubling their lead when Luca Waldschmidt hit the outside of the right post.

But Bournemouth striker Solanke, handed the captain’s armband for the match at his home ground, looked sharp throughout and took advantage of Foden’s deflected pass before rounding the goalkeeper and slotting into an open net to make it 1-1.

pressed for a winner after the break, stretching the play and getting in behind England’s defence on numerous occasions.

Hertha Berlin midfielder Arne Maier was their biggest threat. After setting up Dahoud with a lovely through ball for the opening goal, he also provided the pass for Waldschmidt’s shot off the post and made a number of darting runs through the centre.

Foden impresses as Southgate watches on

Gareth Southgate and Steve Holland

England boss was at the Vitality to keep a close watch on the national team’s next crop of young players.

Senior debuts this week for Callum Hudson-Odoi, 18, and Declan Rice, 20, again showed the clear pathway laid out for any young players who catch the eye.

One of those who will be knocking on the door is ’s Foden. He has already made 23 appearances for ’s side this season – including 10 in the and four in the .

And he showed his class with a brilliant turn in the build-up to the equaliser – deceiving two defenders and using his quick feet to gain a yard of space before threading a deflected pass through to Solanke.

Another sharp turn and a mazy run from Foden earned England a free-kick just outside the box within minutes of the restart and he ruffled the side-netting with a powerful effort later in the second half.

Even with dominating the midfield, Foden still looked a class above the rest and Southgate will have been impressed by his technical ability.

Man of the match – Phil Foden

Phil Foden battling for the ball

Line-ups

England U21

  • 1Henderson
  • 17Walker-Peters
  • 15FrySubstituted forKonsaat 68′minutes
  • 16Clarke-Salter
  • 19R SessegnonSubstituted forDasilvaat 81′minutes
  • 14DaviesSubstituted forCalvert-Lewinat 68′minutes
  • 4DowellSubstituted forChoudhuryat 68′minutes
  • 21Gray
  • 10Foden
  • 18BarnesSubstituted forLookmanat 81′minutes
  • 20SolankeSubstituted forMaddisonat 81′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kenny
  • 3Dasilva
  • 5Tomori
  • 6Kelly
  • 7Lookman
  • 8Maddison
  • 9Calvert-Lewin
  • 13Gunn
  • 22Woodman
  • 24Choudhury
  • 25Konsa

U21

  • 1Müller
  • 2Henrichs
  • 5Baumgartl
  • 4UduokhaiBooked at 50mins
  • 14MittelstädtSubstituted forKlünterat 60′minutes
  • 15MaierSubstituted forLöwenat 60′minutes
  • 8DahoudSubstituted forStenzelat 80′minutes
  • 7ÖztunaliSubstituted forEggesteinat 80′minutes
  • 19NeuhausSubstituted forSabiriat 59′minutes
  • 18AmiriBooked at 22minsSubstituted forIyohaat 59′minutes
  • 10WaldschmidtSubstituted forNmechaat 60′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Klünter
  • 9Sabiri
  • 11Iyoha
  • 16Eggestein
  • 17Löwen
  • 20Stenzel
  • 24Nmecha

Match Stats

Home TeamEngland U21Away Team U21
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home6
Away20
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, England U21 1, U21 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, England U21 1, U21 2.

Benjamin Henrichs ( U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominic Calvert-Lewin (England U21).

Foul by Eduard Löwen ( U21).

Ademola Lookman (England U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Kyle Walker-Peters (England U21) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! England U21 1, U21 2. Felix Uduokhai ( U21) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Benjamin Henrichs with a cross following a corner.

Corner, U21. Conceded by Hamza Choudhury.

Corner, U21. Conceded by Ademola Lookman.

Offside, U21. Emmanuel Iyoha tries a through ball, but Johannes Eggestein is caught offside.

Timo Baumgartl ( U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ademola Lookman (England U21).

Attempt missed. Abdelhamid Sabiri ( U21) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Lukas Nmecha ( U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jake Clarke-Salter (England U21).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Abdelhamid Sabiri ( U21) because of an injury.

Abdelhamid Sabiri ( U21) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jake Clarke-Salter (England U21).

Substitution

Substitution, England U21. Jay Dasilva replaces Ryan Sessegnon.

Substitution

Substitution, England U21. Ademola Lookman replaces Harvey Barnes.

Substitution

Substitution, England U21. James Maddison replaces Dominic Solanke.

Substitution

Substitution, U21. Pascal Stenzel replaces Mahmoud Dahoud.

Substitution

Substitution, U21. Johannes Eggestein replaces Levin Öztunali.

Timo Baumgartl ( U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Dominic Calvert-Lewin (England U21).

Foul by Levin Öztunali ( U21).

Kyle Walker-Peters (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Timo Baumgartl ( U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominic Calvert-Lewin (England U21).

Attempt missed. Timo Baumgartl ( U21) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Levin Öztunali.

Foul by Lukas Klünter ( U21).

Demarai Gray (England U21) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Felix Uduokhai ( U21) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Levin Öztunali with a cross following a corner.

Corner, U21. Conceded by Hamza Choudhury.

Foul by Abdelhamid Sabiri ( U21).

Hamza Choudhury (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, England U21. Ryan Sessegnon tries a through ball, but Harvey Barnes is caught offside.

goal

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