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2012-07-03T07:08:00 Updated 2015-02-19T02:11:33

Hall on as England draw opener

Rob Hall was a 77th-minute substitute as England began their UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals campaign with a 1-1 draw with Croatia on Tuesday.

Hall, who is aiming to complete a remarkable double, came on for Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane as England tried to complete a comeback victory in the Estonian capital Tallinn. Earlier, Croatia had taken the lead before Chelsea's Nathaniel Chalobah - a close friend of the West Ham United forward - levelled midway through the second half.

Hall lifted the Under-17 version of the same trophy two seasons ago alongside many of his current team-mates and is confident the Young Lions can repeat their success in Estonia this summer.

The Under-19s tackle Serbia on Friday in Rakvere before returning to Tallinn to take on France on Monday. The top two in the group will face one of Greece, Portugal, Spain or Estonia in the semi-finals of the eight-nation event.

France beat Serbia 3-0 in Tuesday's other opening Group B match.

With England being given a bye until the final Elite Round of qualifiers, Hall was not involved, but he did prove his pedigree at Under-19 level by scoring the winner in a 1-0 international victory over Denmark in November.

The Hammers man can also draw on the experience of being part of the Under-17 squad which beat Spain 2-1 to lift the European Championship trophy in Liechtenstein in May 2010, when he appeared in all five matches.

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