Brooke Norton-Cuffy picked up a soft red card for the England u18s, but he and Reuell Walters got further minutes in another win for the side.

Brooke Norton-Cuffy signing autographs for a young fan after the England u20s' win over Portugal (Photo via Norton-Cuffy on Twitter)
Brooke Norton-Cuffy signing autographs for a young fan after the England u20s’ win over Portugal (Photo via Norton-Cuffy on Twitter)

Both Brooke Norton-Cuffy and Reuell Walters came on as second-half substitutes for the England u18s on Monday, with Norton-Cuffy joining the action at half-time and Walters coming on late in the 87th minute.

Overall, it was a comfortable win for the side, scoring early and late in the match for a 2-0 lead. But there was drama to come in the final moments as England tried to see things out.

In the 96th minute, Norton-Cuffy was holding up the ball in the corner. A Portuguese player seemed to kick the ball out of play, but the officials awarded the throw to Portugal anyway.

Norton-Cuffy was understandably frustrated, and he could be heard shouting “how?” in the direction of the officials.

It was a surprise to see the referee pull out a second yellow card as punishment, sending the Arsenal man off.

You can watch the incident in the full-match replay on YouTube, starting at 2:06:00, but there really isn’t much to see.

The sending-off didn’t make a huge amount of difference, as the game ended before Norton-Cuffy even made it around the pitch back to the bench.

England secured a comfortable victory, on top of their win on penalties against Belgium, which both Norton-Cuffy and Walters started.

Unfortunately, the two Arsenal players missed the opening game of the break, a defeat to the Netherlands – who ended up winning the tournament with two wins and a draw in their three games.

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