Loftus-Cheek scores twice in convincing win for England U21s

Loftus-Cheek

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has scored five goals in his past six starts for England Under-21s

England Under-21s continued their preparations for this summer’s European Championship with a convincing victory over Denmark in Randers.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored twice, and Solly March and Cauley Woodrow were also on target, as England swept aside another team to have qualified for June’s tournament in Poland.

It followed Sunday’s underwhelming 1-0 loss against Germany.

England face holders Sweden in their tournament opener on 16 June.

Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek, a second-half substitute against Germany, was the central figure against the Danes.

He opened the scoring by slotting in Jacob Murphy’s low cross, and completed the rout by finishing off a pass from Jack Grealish.

In between, March curled in a superb left-footed strike from the corner of the area, and Woodrow turned in Kortney Hause’s knockdown.

“I didn’t underestimate the opposition,” coach Aidy Boothroyd told BT Sport. “They are at the European finals so it makes it even more special to get the result we did.

“Ruben was terrific. But the reason he was terrific is he had 10 other players who worked really hard for him.

“He still has things to do in certain aspects of his game, but they all do.”

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Match ends, Denmark U21 0, England U21 4.

Second Half ends, Denmark U21 0, England U21 4.

Joseph Gomez (England U21) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Rasmus Nissen Kristensen (Denmark U21).

Attempt missed. Kasper Junker (Denmark U21) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mikkel Duelund.

Corner, Denmark U21. Conceded by Joseph Gomez.

Foul by Will Hughes (England U21).

Lasse Vigen Christensen (Denmark U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Lasse Vigen Christensen (Denmark U21) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Mikkel Desler.

Attempt missed. John Swift (England U21) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Demarai Gray.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (England U21) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jakob Blåbjerg (Denmark U21).

Substitution, Denmark U21. Emiliano Marcondes replaces Christian Nørgaard.

Attempt saved. Christian Nørgaard (Denmark U21) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Foul by Will Hughes (England U21).

Mikkel Desler (Denmark U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Demarai Gray (England U21) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high. Assisted by Will Hughes.

Substitution, Denmark U21. Patrick Banggaard replaces Andreas Maxso.

John Swift (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christian Nørgaard (Denmark U21).

Substitution, England U21. Tammy Abraham replaces Cauley Woodrow.

Attempt blocked. Mikkel Duelund (Denmark U21) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Nørgaard.

Goal! Denmark U21 0, England U21 4. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (England U21) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jack Grealish.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Andreas Maxso.

Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (England U21) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Denmark U21. Conceded by Kortney Hause.

Attempt saved. Jack Grealish (England U21) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Demarai Gray with a cross.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Jakob Blåbjerg.

Substitution, Denmark U21. Kasper Junker replaces Mikkel Uhre.

Substitution, England U21. Demarai Gray replaces Solly March.

Goal! Denmark U21 0, England U21 3. Cauley Woodrow (England U21) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Kortney Hause (England U21) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Solly March with a cross.

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Andreas Hansen.

Attempt saved. Cauley Woodrow (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Attempt missed. Solly March (England U21) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Jack Grealish (England U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jakob Blåbjerg (Denmark U21).

Corner, Denmark U21. Conceded by Angus Gunn.

Attempt saved. Mikkel Duelund (Denmark U21) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Christian Nørgaard.

Foul by Jack Grealish (England U21).

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