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England coach Foster hails their unity after winning U19 Euro final

England coach Ian Foster hailed their spirit and unity after they came from behind to beat Israel and win the European Under-19 Championship final.

Oscar Gloch put Israel ahead before Callum Doyle equalised to force extra time in the final in Slovakia.

On a famous night for the Young Lions, Aston Villa's Carney Chukwuemeka chested England ahead and club-mate Aaron Ramsey sealed victory.

"It's probably the most together that I've seen a group," said Foster.

It is the second time in five years England have won the competition, with keeper Aaron Ramsdale, now at Arsenal, and Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount part of the side crowned champions in 2017.

"I'm just thrilled to win the trophy and the boys are just delighted to be European champions," added Foster, who took charge in 2020.

The former Hereford and Kidderminster striker, who was previously head coach of England Under-18s, added: "My job is difficult because I can only pick so many players.

"But the ones we picked were desperate to come and you can see they love playing for England. We should be so proud of them.

"It takes time to get that spirit and togetherness, which they've got. It helps you cope with anything and the amount of support they give each other, the camaraderie in the group."

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