England Under-20s on track says boss Aidy Boothroyd

Friday 23 Sep 2016
Aidy Boothroyd

England Under-20s boss Aidy Boothroyd will take his side into action against Germany, USA and the Netherlands next month, convinced the Three Lions are on the right track.

Boothroyd’s side will spend this season preparing for next summer’s U20 World Cup in South Korea, having secured their qualification at the U19 Euro Finals in July.

And with the Three Lions having already faced Brazil in a double-header last month, they now turn their attention to more strong opposition.

The England Under-20s line-up to face Brazil in Kidderminster

The U20s line-up to face Brazil at Kidderminster Harriers in September

"It’s going to be another good test for us," said Boothroyd.

"We’re trying to give the lads experience of playing against different sorts of opposition and this tournament gives us that chance.

"We’re joining the programme all up now, right from the U15s through to the U21s and in every year that goes by and every event that goes by, we feel that we’re getting stronger and more connected and organised."

Last month’s encounters with Brazil saw the nations share a1-1 draw at St. George’s Park, before the South Americans edged a 2-1 win in Kidderminster a few days later.

And on reflection of his side’s first get-together of the new season, Boothroyd was satisfied with how it all went aside from the first half of the game at Aggborough.

"I was pleased with the first game, I thought that was very good and the penalty shoot-outs at the end to put the lads under a bit of pressure,” he admitted.

"The second game was a case of one bad half of football and a few individual errors costing us a result, against a team that we’ve now had a good look at.

"If we were to face them again later down the line, we’d be happy to do that. 

"They were tough opposition, but I think when we analyse it and look back, there are plenty of things to learn about ourselves and we learnt plenty of things about the Brazilians as well so if it comes around again for real, we’d be a lot more prepared for them."

Boothroyd’s side will take on the Dutch in Oldham on Wednesday 5 October, before meeting Germany at Huddersfield Town’s John Smith’s Stadium two days later.

The third and final game with USA is scheduled for Monday 10 October at Rochdale FC.

Tickets for the games cost just £3 for adults and £1.50 for concessions and are available via the host clubs. Larger groups and Charter Standard clubs can take advantage of a reduced ticket price via the forms below.

England v Netherlands
7pm, Wednesday 5 October
Boundary Park, Oldham Athletic
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England v Germany
7pm, Friday 7 October
John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield Town 
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England v USA
7pm, Monday 10 October
Spotland, Rochdale FC
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By Nicholas Veevers