As one England team head home from the Euros, another prepares for their own.
By Nicholas Veevers
UEFA European U19 Championship
3-15 July 2012
With much of the current focus on England's Senior team and their quarter final exit from Euro 2012 on Sunday evening, this week sees another England squad beginning their own preparations for the European Championship Finals.
Noel Blake's U19 squad met up on Monday at their English base to train and prepare for five days ahead of the trip to Estonia, where they are competing in the last eight of the UEFA European U19 Championship.
The Young Lions sealed their place in the Finals last month when they topped their group in the Elite Qualifying Round over Switzerland, Montenegro and Slovenia.
They now head to Tallinn, where they will face opposition from Croatia, Serbia and France in their initial group stage before hopefully progressing to the semi-final should they finish in the top two of their group. Also on offer to the competing nations are places in the FIFA U20 World Cup in Turkey next year, which will go to the top six teams in this competition so there is plenty to play for for Blake's side.
Blake has selected an 18-man squad for the Finals, 14 members of which reported on Monday lunchtime with the remaining four due to arrive later in the week and they will use Tottenham Hotspurs' Spurs Lodge training ground as their base before departing for Estonia on Saturday.
Speaking about the Finals and the task that lies ahead, Blake said: "Our first target which we set out at the start of the season was to qualify for the Finals, which we managed to do in May through a very tough Elite Round group.
"Our next target is now to make sure we qualify for the next round of the Finals and the U20 World Cup, which we can do by finishing at least third in the group.
"If we manage to do that, then we can re-assess our next target, but we go there knowing that we will face three very hard games in the group. To reach this stage of the competition means they are all very good teams, but as I constantly tell people, there are no easy games at international level anymore, regardless of who you are playing."
Ten members of the England squad have already tasted Euro glory in their short careers, as part of the U17 squad which won the Euros in 2010, with victory over Spain in the Final in Liechtenstein.
There will be more from the U19s camp later this week and throughout the Finals on TheFA.com
Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone (Manchester United), Connor Ripley (Middlesbrough).
Defenders: Eric Dier (Sporting Lisbon), Luke Garbutt (Everton), Michael Keane (Manchester United), Jack Robinson (Liverpool), Tom Thorpe (Manchester United).
Midfielders: Conor Coady (Liverpool), Ross Barkley (Everton), Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), John Lundstram (Everton), Nathan Redmond (Birmingham City), George Thorne (West Bromwich Albion).
Forwards: Benik Afobe (Arsenal), Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion), Robert Hall (West Ham United), Hallam Hope (Everton).