JEFFERS STRIKES LATE WINNER; Germany U21 . . . . . . . .1 England U21 . . . . . . . . .2
Byline: JOHN CURTIS
ENGLAND under-21 coach David Platt saluted his side after their rollercoaster victory in Germany and joked that "this game will kill me".
Platt was speaking after Francis Jeffers had scored a dramatic injury-time winner to clinch a 2-1 victory in England's European championship qualifier in Freiberg.
The Germans had cancelled out Joe Cole's goal in injurytime but then up popped Jeffers, signed by Arsenal from Everton for pounds 10million in the summer, to settle the issue.
It means that England are now only two points behind Germany in the race to qualify for the 2002 finals with home games against Albania and Greece to come.
Platt said: "There's no other game which takes you up and down so immediately like that one tonight.
"When they equalised in injury time I was thinking 'what am I going to say to the boys when they come into the dressing room' because they had worked so hard to get into the position they were in.
"But we managed the winner and what everyone has got to understand is where we have just come and got this result. …