England Under-19s' Euro semi-final set for Mannheim

Tuesday 19 Jul 2016
England Under-19s line-up to face the Netherlands in their Euro group stage

England Under-19s hit the road on Tuesday, as they switched squad bases in Germany ahead of their Euro semi-final clash with Italy.

Aidy Boothroyd's men finished their group stage on Monday with a 2-1 victory over Croatia in Heidenheim to make it three wins from three games in the competition.

England v Italy

UEFA European U19 Championship
11am (BST), Thursday 21 July 2016
Carl-Benz Stadium, Mannheim
Live on Eurosport

And they will now face the Azzurri at the Carl-Benz Stadium in Mannheim on Thursday for a place in next Sunday's Euro Final in Sinsheim, against either Portugal or France.

So after undergoing a recovery session at their original base in Ulm on Tuesday morning, the group headed north to their new base in Heidelberg to continue their preparations for the next game with training in the afternoon following their arrival.

"We braved the German roads and managed to get up here and somebody turned the sun up and the heat," said Boothroyd.

"But we trained yesterday [Tuesday] and everybody is in really good spirits and looking forward to the game."

The Young Lions have already met Italy previously this campaign, drawing 0-0 in the First Qualifying Round in Macedonia last October.

As well as reaching the last four of this competition during their time in Germany, Boothroyd's squad have also qualified for next year's U20 World Cup in South Korea as one of the five European representatives.

By Nicholas Veevers Content Manager - FA Owned Channels