Dean Henderson gaffe gifts Romania victory as England crash out of Under-21 Euros in dramatic fashion

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The Young Lions imploded in the final 15 minutes in Cesena on Friday night (Picture: PA Wire)

England exited the European Under-21 Championships after a shock 4-2 defeat to Romania in which all six goals were scored in an astonishing final 15 minutes of the match.

George Puscas put Romania ahead in the 76th minute from the penalty spot, finally beating goalkeeper Dean Henderson who had made a string of fine saves, and the goal sparked a wild and unforgettable finale.

Demarai Gray immediately hit back, bending a lovely effort inside the far post, though another defensive mix-up saw Ianis Hagi re-take the lead as England pushed to find a winner.

George Puscas of Romania U21 celebrates 1-0 during the EURO U21 match between England v Romania at the Orogel Stadium-Dino Manuzzi on June 21, 2019 in Cesena Italy
Romania pulled off a stunning result in a frantic final 15 minutes (Picture: Getty)

Substitute Tammy Abraham found an immediate leveller just a minute later, but then a tame long-range effort from Florinel Coman squirmed through Hendersons grasp and into the back of the net to put Romania ahead again.



That did not deter England, with Abraham testing the keeper from inside the box and then smashing the bar with a header, but Coman killed the game with a stunning second goal in injury time, volleying in from 25 yards.

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The result means England – who boast a side full of Premier League players – exit the tournament before they have even played their final group game, having also lost their opener in dramatic fashion against France.

Henderson has conceded six goals in the tournament, and his gaffe made something of a mockery of his bold claim that he is ready to usurp David de Gea in the Manchester United net.

Dean Henderson has made a howler here to all but give Romania the win!

Just the third goal in the space of five minutes…

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