Aidy wants England Under-21s to 'finish on a high' in Euros

Friday 07 Oct 2016
Aidy Boothroyd shares a joke with defender Rob Holding
England Under-21s boss Aidy Boothroyd wants to see his side finish Euro qualifying on a high when they play Bosnia & Herzegovina.

The Young Lions make the short trip from their base at St. George’s Park to Walsall on Tuesday already knowing that their place at next summer’s Euro Finals is secure after the win in Kazakhstan last week.

And Boothroyd admits he’s likely to give as many members of his squad a run out as possible as the process of preparing for the trip to Poland next July begins now.

England v Bosnia & Herzegovina

UEFA European U21 Championship
Group 9 Qualifier
3pm, Tuesday 11 October 2016
Banks's Stadium, Walsall FC
Tickets: £1
Live on BT Sport

"That’s the plan, we want to make sure that we finish it off properly and have a look at one or two of the lads who haven’t had as many starts," he said. 

"And we’ll sprinkle it with some of the more regular players and really start to think about the European Championships and plan for that.

"A lot of things could happen between now and next May and that’s why it’s important that all of the players get game time and they all believe they can make the squad or the team.

"The culture of the U21s is that we don’t stand still, we keep pushing and look to get better and better.

"That means we’ll put hopefully in a good performance, get the result that we want and then we plan for November."

Tuesday’s visitors are out of the running in terms of qualification, but they did take points off England in Sarajevo last November, when they held the Three Lions to a 0-0 draw.

Chuba Akpom and Aleksandar Jovicic compete for possession

Chuba Akpom and Aleksandar Jovicic compete for possession in last November's game in Sarajevo

And having studied their recent games, interim head coach Boothroyd knows they’ll make it as tough as possible for his men.

"I’m expecting a tough game, they’ve got four or five players that can open up doors and score from nothing and are very creative," he revealed.

"They’re a team who can mix up the game really well, they can play direct and have a fight or they can play through the thirds.

"It’s definitely a test for us because they’ve got nothing to lose, they can’t qualify and they’ll come here and want to make sure they build on that result that they got at their place.

"So we’ve got to be on our mettle and absolutely approach the game right in terms of our attitude and if we can do that then I’m sure we’ll put a performance in that gets what we deserve."

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By Nicholas Veevers