Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott aren’t the first Liverpool youngsters to be crowned champions with England

The Liverpool duo contributed to England’s victory at the Under-21 European Championship on Saturday.

On Saturday night, as the young Lions overcame Spain, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott were named European champions with England.

The 1-0 victory made Lee Carsley’s team the third English team to win the Under-21 European Championships. They had won all five of their games en route to the final without surrendering a goal. In recognition of his effort, Jones, who scored the game’s winning goal, was awarded Player of the Match.

The Young Lions twice won the competition in the 1980s, in 1982 and 1984, but had only made it to the final once since then, losing to Germany in 2009 despite having Liverpool icon James Milner on their team.

For the record, the 1982 team had former Reds Sammy Lee, Steve McMahon, and David Hodgson, while the 1984 team included Paul Walsh and Howard Gayle.

As a result, Jones and Elliott contributed to the Under-21s’ victories in Romania and Georgia, helping to put an end to the young Lions’ “40 years of pain.” The former has been one of the tournament’s standout performers and was named man of the match in England’s semi-final victory over Israel. The latter, who has admittedly mostly played as a substitute, scored an incredible individual goal against Germany on his one and only start.

Even though England’s ‘patchy’ international record is well known, several Reds have experienced success abroad with the Young Lions throughout the Premier League era. While Jones and Elliott’s triumph is the most well-known and has come at a more advanced stage, we examine former Liverpool winners they have been able to imitate.

2017 Under-20 World Champions

In 2017, the England Under-20s won the World Championship, and Paul Simpson’s team in South Korea included two former Reds. Later that summer, Jurgen Klopp would sign the young Lions player who had won the competition.

Ojo and Ejaria each made one start during the tournament, and both came off the bench as the young Lions defeated Venezuela 1-0 in the championship game.

Dominic Solanke, a future Liverpool player, earned the Golden Ball for outstanding player, scoring four goals to lead England to the World Cup championship. The former Chelsea player was a constant throughout, scoring in the young Lions’ opening 3-0 triumph over Argentina, the go-ahead goal in their 1-0 quarterfinal victory over Mexico, and a brace in their 3-1 semifinal demolition of Italy.

With just one goal from 27 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s team, Solanke will depart Liverpool in January 2019 after just 18 months, going to AFC Bournemouth for an initial £19 million. He is still a part of the Cherries as of this writing, and he helped them stay up last season by scoring six Premier League goals.

After a successful loan to Reading and eight appearances for Liverpool, Ejaria was sold to Reading in an agreement worth £3.5 million in August 2020. Ojo, meanwhile, joined Cardiff City last summer on a free transfer after making 13 appearances and scoring one goal for the Reds, but not in a competitive game since January 2017.

European champions for under-19s in 2022

Technically, England has won this competition’s European championship 11 times. The European Championships were renamed as an Under-19s event rather than an Under-18s competition in 2001 as a result of the 1997 changes to the eligibility requirements.

In 2017 and 2022, the young Lions, playing as an Under-19s team, twice won the competition. And while Liverpool was not represented in the latter, things were somewhat different in Slovakia last summer.

The victorious team included current Reds academy talents Jarell Quansah, Luke Chambers, and Harvey Davies; however, the latter was not utilized because he was the third-choice goalkeeper.

Quansah, on the other hand, started all five of Ian Foster’s team’s games, helped all three of their group games remain scoreless, scored the game’s winning goal against Italy in the semi-final, and then assisted the equalizer in the final, a 3-1 AET triumph over Israel.

Chambers, who made four appearances during the competition, made his sole start against Israel in England’s last group game and entered the game as a substitute against them in the final in the 85th minute.

During the second half of the previous season, Quansah and Chambers both had productive loans at Bristol Rovers and Kilmarnock, respectively, while Davies recently joined Crewe Alexandra on a season-long loan.

Quansah has made three unused substitute appearances, Chambers has sat on the bench twice, and Davies has made 11 matchday squad appearances, including for last season’s Community Shield victory over Man City. Despite none of the trio having yet to feature competitively for Klopp’s team.

Under-18s 1993 European champions

The previous time England hosted the European Championships at this level, it was an Under-18s competition, and Liverpool icon Robbie Fowler was one of the tournament’s biggest stars.

Despite playing most of the tournament as a number 10 at the top of a midfield diamond behind Julian Joachim and either Jamie Forrester or Kevin Gallen, the striker would ultimately win the Golden Boot with five goals.

When he was only 18 years old and two months away from making his Liverpool debut, Fowler began the tournament by scoring in a 2-0 victory over France with an incredible 25-yard lob with his ‘weaker’ right foot. The teenager’s goal earned him a start for the young Lions’ second group match against the Netherlands, when he once again found the back of the net.

After Javi Moreno, who eight years later scored for Alaves against Liverpool in the 2001 UEFA Cup final, was sent only three minutes after coming on at halftime, Fowler went on to score a hat-trick as England defeated Spain 5-1 in their last group match. After 40 seconds, he would receive his first caution for obstructing the referee Depending on whatever account you read, and/or stood on his toes, and was ejected for tackling Gary Neville with a two-footed challenge.

With the result setting up a championship match with Turkey, England prevailed 1-0 to claim the title. Fowler won the Golden Boot despite being unable to add to his five goals, finishing three goals ahead of any other player.

After 30 years, the striker is still regarded as one of Liverpool’s favorite sons and a beloved icon. During his two stints with the club, he scored 183 goals in 369 appearances and helped the Reds win the League Cup (twice), FA Cup, UEFA Cup, and European Super Cup.

Al-Qadsiah, a Saudi team, has appointed Fowler as their manager.


2017 Under-17s World Champions

Rhian Brewster, a former striker for Liverpool, was one of the standout players when England won the Under-17 World Championship in 2017.

He won the Golden Boot in India after scoring an unbelievable eight goals, and he also received the Bronze Ball as the third-best player. The striker started all bar one of the young Lions’ seven games during the competition and led them to the championship game with back-to-back hat-tricks.

He scored his penalty kick as England’s young Lions needed penalties to defeat Japan in the round of 16 after opening the scoring in their 3-2 victory over Mexico in their second group game. Then, in the quarterfinals and semifinals against the USA and Brazil, he scored three goals in victories of 4-1 and 3-1, while also assisting on the other goal in the former.

Brewster cut the lead in half just before halftime in the final match between England and Spain, where they would eventually find themselves down 2-0. The youthful Lions would go on to defeat Spain 5-2.

Brewster played four senior games for the Reds but did not make an appearance as a substitute when Liverpool won the Champions League and European Super Cup in 2019.

He moved from the Reds to Sheffield United in a £23.5 million transfer in October 2020, although he hasn’t had much of an impact there due to injury, which kept him out for the majority of the Blades’ 2018–19 campaign as they gained promotion back to the Premier League.

Champions of Europe for under-17s in 2010 and 2014

The English Under-17s have won the European Championships twice, in 2010 and 2014, in addition to the World Cup in 2017. In the former, two ex-Liverpool players participated, while in the latter, two more Reds contributed to the victory.

The 2010 winning team included Conor Coady and Andre Wisdom as they competed in 80-minute matches outside of Liechtenstein with the young Lions.

Despite missing the young Lions’ first match against the Czech Republic, Coady was a constant throughout the rest of the competition as they won. Wisdom, meanwhile, was constantly present and crucial in the final victory over Spain at both ends. The Liverpool defender equalized after his own goal gave England the lead, and England went on to win 2-1.

Four years later, England won the competition once more, and this time Joe Gomez and Solanke were a part of the young Lions camp out in Malta. The former, still a Charlton Athletic player at the time, would eventually share the Golden Boot with four goals, while the latter was nominated to the tournament’s all-star squad.

Gomez started each of the five games at center defense and even gave Solanke an assist, while the striker started each of his four appearances. He scored twice when England defeated Turkey 4-1 in their second group match, and after being reinstated to the starting lineup for the young Lions‘ 2-0 semifinal victory against Portugal, he scored once more.

After a 1-1 draw in regulation, Solanke would later begin the scoring as England defeated the Netherlands 4-1 on penalties.


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