21.06.2015 20:15 h

Late Lingard goal leads England U21s past Sweden

Manchester United's Jesse Lingard spared England's blushes on Sunday, his late goal securing a 1-0 win over Sweden in their second game of the European Under-21 Championship in the Czech Republic on Sunday.

The midfielder scored five minutes from time with a right-foot shot after picking up a deflected ball outside the box, following a corner.

Lingard came on in the 54th minute as a substitute for Alex Pritchard who had limped off the pitch with what looked like an ankle injury.

After Thursday's opening 1-0 loss to Portugal England once again struggled up front, with Tottenham striker Harry Kane squandering a few good chances again, including a promising 28th-minute header that narrowly missed the target.

England lost West Brom striker Saido Berahino -- the top scorer in qualifying with ten goals in as many games -- to a knee injury just before the Portugal game.

In the other Group B game on Sunday, Italy take on Portugal.

Germany lead Group A with four points from two games after beating Denmark 3-0 on Saturday while hosts the Czech Republic thrashed Serbia 4-0 on the same day to take a provisional second spot.