Late leveller keeps Pompey duo’s England hopes alive

Pompey's Adam Webster in England action

Pompey's Adam Webster in England action

Stanley Aborah and Jamal Lowe. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Jed Wallace and Adam Webster were both unused substitutes as England’s European Championships hopes were kept dramatically alive.

Noel Blake’s under-19s last night snatched a last-gasp 1-1 draw against Belgium through Lewis Baker in the Elite round qualifier.

Up until that point they were heading out of the tournament, with Scotland losing to Georgia earlier in the day.

Only the nation topping the group progresses to the last eight, with the finals taking place in Lithuania from July 20 to August 1.

Defeat in their second group match would have left that out of England’s reach following a 1-1 draw with Georgia in Friday’s opening group game.

Instead Chelsea midfielder Lewis netted to keep alive their hopes heading into Wednesday’s final match against Scotland, with Belgium facing leaders Georgia.

Nonetheless, it was more frustration for Wallace, who has failed to appear in either Three Lions match after making the squad for the first time.

Webster, though, did feature as a substitute in the previous fixture against Georgia, coming on for the final four minutes of the 1-1 draw.

It took his England tally to three caps having made the breakthrough at the end of last year.

However, a substitute who was used in Geel last night was Gosport-born John Swift, who plays for Chelsea.

Earlier yesterday, Scotland suffered a 3-1 defeat to a Georgia side who were reduced to nine men.

Scotland now face England on Wednesday (6pm) with both teams still in with a chance of topping the group and booking a place in Lithuania.

However, they will rely on Georgia not defeating Belgium on the same day – while one of the Auld Enemy needs to win to progress.

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