England U19 3 Serbia and Montenegro U19 1

Walsall striker Matthew Fryatt scored a hat-trick last night to put England into the final of the European Under-19 Championship.

Fryatt became the competition's top scorer when he scored his third in the dying seconds to set up a final against France or Germany on Friday at Windsor Park, Belfast.

England seemed to be coasting through when they led 2-0 with five minutes left but a late strike made it a nervous climax for Martin Hunter's side until the Serbians - pushing up for an equaliser - left Fryatt all on his own to clinch the match.

While he stole the glory, it was a good all-round display by England with significant contributions by Sunderland's Grant Leadbitter in midfield and tricky play on both wings by Lee Holmes, of Derby, and Middlesbrough's James Morrison.

Holmes nearly scored in the second minute after a fine run which ended with a thunderous shot against the bar.

But England did not have to wait long to take the lead. Leadbitter supplied the pass after 18 minutes which sent Fryatt clear to beat the goalkeeper.

Marko Markovski missed a golden opportunity to equalise with 20 minutes to go, being unable to connect with a free kick.

Leadbitter had a 'goal' disallowed for offside against Fryatt but almost immediately the England marksman capitalised on a fortunate rebound off the goalkeeper to score his second.

England were trying to play out time when Nebojsa Marinkovic put Serbia back in contention five minutes from time.

The nerves showed as the Serbians came close to an equaliser from a late free kick before Fryatt finished it off with virtually the last kick.

* Fryatt's Walsall teammates beat Coventry City 2-0 in a friendly at Bescot Stadium.

Jorge Leit?o netted the first after 34 minutes before Dario Larrosa netted an impressive second in the 79th.