Aidy Boothroyd excited by England U20s' programme

Friday 02 Sep 2016
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England Under-20s boss Aidy Boothroyd can’t hide his excitement at what lies ahead for the Young Lions this season.

It started earlier this week when Boothroyd’s team shared an entertaining 1-1 draw with Brazil at St. George’s Park, before the nations meet again in Kidderminster on Sunday.

And with the campaign geared towards preparing for next summer’s U20 World Cup in South Korea, the head coach has lined up some testing games for his squad over the coming months, featuring the likes of Germany, Argentina, Netherlands, China, France and Ivory Coast.

England v Brazil

International U20 Match
2.30pm, Sunday 4 September 2016
Aggbororough Stadium, Kidderminster
Live on BT Sport
Tickets: £3 adults & £1.50 concessions
Call 01562 823 931 for tickets

"We have a fantastic programme of fixtures lined up for the season, starting off with the games against Brazil this week," revealed Boothroyd, whose side secured their World Cup spot after reaching the U19 Euro semi-finals in July.

"We’ll be facing nations from different climates, which is ideal preparation for a World Cup and a key part of the way we want our young players to experience international football with the national team. 

"We have some brilliant games and we want to be competing against the best and it’s all geared towards a successful World Cup. 

"We face Brazil this week and they are a nation that you always associate with World Cups, but they still haven’t actually qualified for the competition yet. 

"So they arrive here this week to continue their preparations for the South American qualifiers early next year. 

FATV highlights of England's draw with Brazil at St. George's Park

"It’s a game that we’re really looking forward to and it’s a great test for us, but you only get better by playing against the best."

Boothroyd and his players met up at St. George’s Park earlier in the week to begin preparations for the first game of the new term just a few weeks after the disappointment of their Euro semi-final defeat against Italy.

The Young Lions had already secured their World Cup spot by then, so the former Watford and Coventry boss is looking to take the positives from what was a successful campaign.

"I learned an awful lot from the Euro Finals and so did the players," he added. 

"We have all got some more learning we can take out of that tournament and make sure we apply ourselves well throughout the season.

"But that’s in the past now and this season is all about preparing for the World Cup and making sure that we give a very good account of ourselves at the competition in South Korea next summer."

Tickets for Sunday’s game at Aggborough are still available, so call 01562 823 931 for more details.  

By Nicholas Veevers