Izzy Brown expects Dutch to be desperate for Euro revenge

Thursday 14 Jul 2016
Izzy Brown

Izzy Brown admits England Under-19s expect to face a Dutch team desperate for revenge in the Euro Finals on Friday.

The Young Lions take on the Netherlands in their second group game of the competition, just over two years since beating them in the Euro U17s Final after a dramatic penalty shoot-out.

And with many of the same players from that 2014 game in Malta still involved in both squads, the Chelsea forward knows this will be a tough encounter for Aidy Boothroyd’s side.

England v Netherlands

UEFA European U19 Championship
Group B
11am (BST), Friday 15 July 2016
Donaustadion, Ulm, Germany

"They’ll want to try and prove a point against us after the Euros two years ago when we beat them on pens in the final," admitted Brown, who is one of nine players in Boothroyd’s squad for the Euros to feature in that game.

"That’s a horrible way to lose a final, so I think they’ll want to get a bit of revenge against us and we’ll have to be prepared for them to come out with all guns blazing.

"Holland are a good team, they’ve got some great individual players and work well as a team, so it’s going to be a difficult game.

"They’re one of the strongest teams in the competition but we know what we need to do to play against them and we’re going to have to stop their key players, so we want to stick to our game plan, play our own game and we’re more than capable of getting the win.

"We just need to keep calm and play the way we can play."

England go into the game on the back of Tuesday evening’s 2-1 win against France, when an early own goal from Jerome Onguene and a strike from Dom Solanke soon after that proved enough to earn the three points.

England Under-19s celebrate taking an early lead over France at the 2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship Finals

Brown and his team-mates celebrate taking a 2-0 lead against France on Tuesday

The Dutch were 3-1 winners of their first game against Croatia, meaning that if either team is victorious on Friday, they’ll be through to the semi-final and also qualify for next year’s U20 World Cup in South Korea.

But the former West Brom forward says England are only focusing on Friday's game itself, regardless of the rewards a positive result could bring.

"It was a good start to get the win that we needed and now we just need to focus on the next game against Holland because if we win that, we’re through," he added.

"That’s the first thing which we came here to do, get out of the group and if we win then we’ll have done that so all of the players are looking forward to it.

"The World Cup is a great achievement too and if we win the next game, we’re there. That’s one of the things that we came here to do, but we’re just focusing on the next game at the moment.

"Even if we don’t win the next game, we have another one after that, but we want to get that win on Friday."

The Young Lions kick-off at 11am (BST) on Friday and you can watch the game live on Eurosport. They round off their Group B fixtures on Monday against Croatia in Heidenheim.

By Nicholas Veevers Content Manager - FA Owned Channels