Hall features as England draw opener at Under 19 European Championships

Robert Hall in action for England
Robert Hall in action for England
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The Aylesbury youngster 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 Euro 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, who enjoyed spells at Oxford United and MK Dons last season – and whose brother Matt plays for Thame United – 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.