There were contrasting emotions for Brentford’s two players in international action yesterday. Ezri Konsa helped England Under-21 to a comprehensive friendly win in Denmark. But there was disappointed for Patrik Gunnarsson as a late goal knocked his Iceland side out of the UEFA European Under-19 Championships.
Ezri played the full 90 minutes in the centre of defence as England Under-21 won 5-1 last night. The Young Lions took a 2-0 lead but were pegged back by a goal just before half time to leave the game in the balance. But three more without reply after the interval gave England the win.
The goals came from Demarai Gray, of Leicester City, and Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who got two each, with Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke grabbing the other. It completed a successful few days for England Under-21 as they won in Italy last week. Ezri won his fifth cap ay Under-21 level to go with the five he has at Under-20 level. He will be hoping to add to those in 2019 as England continue to build towards the UEFA European Under-21 Championships, which will be held in Italy next summer.
But Brentford B goalkeeper Patrik will not be at the UEFA European Under-19 Championships next summer. Iceland needed to beat Moldova yesterday to reach the final qualifying stage and led 1-0 heading in to the last five minutes. But Moldova scored from a corner to draw the game 1-1 and that was not enough for Iceland.
They finished the qualification stage with four points from their three games and ended below Turkey, who they beat, and England. Those two teams will head to the final qualifying stage next year. Patrik played all three games for Iceland in the qualifying tournament and has 12 international appearances to his credit.
Wales were also in action last night, losing 1-0 to Albania in a friendly. Brentford defender Chris Mepham had been named in their squad for the game, and a game against Denmark last week, but had to withdraw with an injury.