Oxford's Young Lions defeated in Germany

Reece Oxford played 90 minutes for England U19s as they were beaten by Italy
  • Young Lions beaten by Italy at semi-final stage in U19 Euros
  • Oxford played 90 minutes for the third time in the tournament
  • Hammers goalkeeper Sam Howes was also an unused substitute in Germany
Reece Oxford was in action for England U19s against Italy on Thursday as they were eliminated from the European U19 Championships in Germany.
The Young Lions were beaten 2-1 by their Italian counterparts in the last four of the competition having topped their group with three wins from three.
Empoli left-back Federico Dimarco was on the scoresheet twice in Mannheim for The Azzurri before an own goal from Italian midfielder Aberto Picchi gave Aidy Boothroyd’s side hope.
Italy held on for the victory, however, and will now face either France or Portugal in the tournament’s final in Sinsheim.
Hammers teenager Oxford played 90 minutes in three of the side’s fixtures, starting both at centre-back and in midfield, while West Ham teammate Sam Howes was the squad’s backup goalkeeper during the tournament.
England had previously eased to the knockout rounds following consecutive 2-1 victories over France, the Netherlands and Croatia.
Howes was part of the England team which won the U17 European Championship two years ago, but the side, which contained a number of the same faces, could not replicate the feat this summer.