Norwich City’s Steer misses out after England debut
Norwich City goalkeeper Jed Steer has lost his England Under-19 place against Belgium this afternoon.
Manager Noel Blake made changes from the side that beat Albania 6-1 on Friday, handing the Canaries' highly rated stopper his first Under-19 cap ahead of Manchester United youngster Sam Johnstone in the 4-0 victory over Cyprus in their Group Eight qualifier, in Malmedy, Belgium.
Steer rewarded his international boss by turning captain Onisiforos Roushias's first half spot-kick onto a post with the score 2-0, after Middlesbrough's Bruno Pilatos brought down Alex Konstantinou.
The save paved the way for Liverpool's Jonjo Shelvey and a hat-trick from Arsenal youngster Benik Afobe to secure England's place in the Elite qualifying round to be held in spring, with a spot at next summer's tournament in Romania the ultimate goal.
Despite Steer's heroics, Blake has decided to reinstate Johnstone in goal against fellow Elite qualifiers Belgium, with top spot in Group Eight at stake.
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Norwich Academy product Steer, 18, has been a regular for England at U16 and U17 levels, while his City team-mate Declan Rudd kept goal for the U19s at the same tournament last year, as England reached the semi-finals in France before going down to Spain.
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