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Aidy Bothrooyd's side finally won their final group game, having lost to Switzerland and Portugal previously, but needed to win by two goals to go through.
After a soft penalty in the first half, Jones looked to have secured the Three Lions' progress into the knockout stages, with a fantastic finish in the second half.
Just as time was ticking away, Croatia secured their own qualification into the quarter finals with a glorious goal, knocking England out in the process.
At the full time whistle the Croatians celebrated wildly, something that Jones clearly didn't take too kindly too, with the Liverpool midfielder earning himself a red card after clashing with the opposition.
Mladí Angličani neunesli vyřazení od Chorvatska brankou v nastavení a drobné provokace .... zejména Curtis Jones vypadal, že se chce porvat s celym chorvatskym nároďákem... pic.twitter.com/63NPma5JIr- Tomas Kohlmann (@tom__kohlmann) March 31, 2021
Jones was on the bench for the opening two games, as Bothroyd decided to start with Oliver Skipp and Tom Davies in central midfield, with the 20-year-old twice coming off the bench.
With several players, including Everton's Davies, missing through injury, Jones got the nod to start in the crucial game against Croatia.
The midfielder started brightly, as England dominated, but it required a controversial penalty for them to take the lead.
ENGLAND SCORE THE ALL IMPORTANT SECOND GOAL! :flag_black:- Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) March 31, 2021
Curtis Jones buries it right in the bottom corner!
Watch live on Sky Sports PL :tv: pic.twitter.com/d3nNThmwhf
Eddie Nketiah was adjudged to have been fouled in the 11th minute and Eberechi Eze, who also started the first two games on the bench, scored from the spot.
England didn't create too much after that, though Jones did hit the crossbar, until the 74th minute, when the midfielder looked to have booked the side's place in the next round.
Dwight McNeil's brilliant touch and lay off to the Liverpool man fell beautifully for him to strike it past the Croatia goalkeeper from outside the area.
Just as it looked like Boothroyd's team would make it through, Filip Bradaric scored an absolute worldie in injury time to inflict the heartbreak.
Heartbreak for England! :flag_black:- Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) March 31, 2021
In injury time, they concede an absolute stunner that will send them home from the tournament, unless they can score again. You have to applaud a strike like that! :clap: pic.twitter.com/ZZ9VD65MIl
Realistically the first two games settled the outcome for Eze, Jones and England.
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