Trafford saves a stoppage-time penalty as England wins the Euro U21 championship.

Trafford, who is due to join Burnley from Manchester City in a deal costing up to £19 million, saved Abel Ruiz’s low spot-kick in the 99th minute following a lengthy VAR review.

On the follow-up, the 20-year-old produced another brilliant save before being swarmed by his teammates.

Cole Palmer’s free kick rebounded off teammate Curtis Jones and caught goalkeeper Arnau Tenas off guard to find the bottom corner with nearly the last kick of the first half.

After halftime, Spain’s Ruiz goal was ruled out for offside, but Trafford’s late heroics sealed England’s triumph.

Lee Carsley’s outstanding side became the third England team to win the championship, having previously won it in 1982 and 1984.

They are also the first side in tournament history to keep six consecutive clean sheets.

England hold on after immense pressure

With a squad loaded with attacking talent, the Young Lions have played a thrilling brand of football in Georgia.

England got off to a good start in the final, with Newcastle’s Anthony Gordon having the first serious chance, but his drive was deflected wide by Spain keeper Tenas.

Gordon was then involved again as he attempted to set up Morgan Gibbs-White, but an interception by Jon Pacheco denied the Nottingham Forest player a tap in.

Spain entered the game quickly, with Alex Baena looping an effort beyond Trafford’s post before scuffing another effort wide after picking up a sloppy pass from Gibbs-White.

Chelsea defender Levi Colwill headed against the crossbar after a brilliant service from Palmer, before Manchester City’s free-kick was deflected in by Liverpool’s Jones.

The first half concluded in a brawl between both benches, which resulted in England coach Ashley Cole and Spanish fitness coach Carlos Rivera being removed to the stands.

England applied tremendous pressure in the second half, and it appeared to have paid off for Spain when Ruiz headed in from a Baena cross, only for the offside flag to be raised. Ruiz had another chance to equalize, but his header from within the six-yard box went wide.

The encounter concluded in dramatic fashion when Colwill, who had spent a week training with the senior team, was adjudged to have fouled Ruiz in the box.

Trafford saved the subsequent penalty and an instant follow-up to give England the victory and inspire scenes of joy.

The bad blood continued, with nine yellow and four red cards being shown at the final whistle, when Gibbs-White and Antonio Blanco were both sent out.

Now that England has won the title, discussions will begin about which of these young stars will be knocking on the senior squad’s door and competing for a spot in the senior European Championships next summer.

England’s future number one?

Trafford, who is on the verge of becoming the third-most expensive English goalkeeper in history, will justifiably garner attention for his heroic double save in the final minute of added time.

However, that moment merely topped off an already outstanding tournament in which he had been a standout player on this squad since the first game.

Trafford has demonstrated that he is the epitome of a modern-day goalkeeper, comfortable with the ball at his feet, dominant when coming for crosses, and capable of making spectacular saves when called upon.

He also has a lot of confidence in himself, assuring people that he would one day play for England when on loan at Accrington Stanley.

Throughout the campaign, he has expressed his ambition to play at the greatest level, and he will now get that opportunity next season when he becomes a Premier League number one at Turf Moor.

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