McEachran and Chalobah feature in England loss to Italy at the Euro Under-21 Championships

Laurence Griffiths

England's under-21 side had their first game of this summer's European Championships, facing off against a very strong Italy team. And they did so without any Chelsea players in the starting lineup, which was silly of them. Josh McEachran and Nathanial Chalobah both found themselves on the bench, and although they were each introduced in the second half they couldn't save England from losing 1-0.

Chalobah, who was on the pitch for nearly half an hour, was by far the most impressive of the duo. He caused Italy some real problems after he came on for Marvin Sordell, and his driving runs twice caused the Italians to concede dangerous fouls, one of which very nearly led to a late equaliser from Jordan Henderson. McEachran, on the other hand, struggled a little bit. He still looks very passive when he plays, and there was one moment at the very end in which he, from inside the box and under no pressure attempted to play a pass to (an offside) Nathan Delfouneso, kicked the ball straight into Francesco Bardi's arms instead, wasting a golden opportunity.

Given Chalobah's impressive display, we're probably going to see more of him in the near future. McEachran's going to have to tighten up his game to make a difference in this tournament though.

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