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England on the brink of Euro 2014 after Baker brace

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Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker scored a late brace to secure all three points for the England under-19s as they came from one goal down against Scotland on Monday in their second Euro 2014 Elite Round Qualifier.

Baker, 19, scored twice in six minutes after Scotland took the lead in the 51st minute through John Soutter after England failed to clear the ball before Scotland captain, Adam King's looping header found its way to Soutter at the far post.

It looked for a long time as though England's luck had deserted them after they struck the woodwork three times in the match, most notably through Chuba Akpom who rode a challenge on the edge of the box before getting his shot away, only for it to be denied by the upright.

Baker, however, was not to be denied. After a goal-mouth scramble, the ball eventually found its way to the Chelsea starlet who calmly finished into the roof of the net at the back post in the 76th minute.

Baker, who made his Chelsea debut last season, then doubled his tally in the 82nd minute with a very convincing finish after quick link-up play allowed the Stamford Bridge teenager through on goal before opening up his body and slotting the ball past the helpless goalkeeper. 

The defeat means that Scotland are now unable to qualify for the Finals as Ricky Sbragia's side were knocked out of contention thanks to Baker's late goal.

This win keeps England in pole position to qualify for the Finals in Hungary in June, leaving them needing just one point against Ukraine on Thursday.

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