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U21s' Euro squad selected

Young Lions boss Aidy Boothroyd has named his 23-man group for the trip to Poland

Monday 05 Jun 2017

The England Under-21s squad for this summer’s Euro Finals in Poland has been confirmed.

Head coach Aidy Boothroyd has named his 23-man group for the competition, which kicks-off on Friday 16 June when the Young Lions face Sweden in Kielce.

UEFA European U21 Championship
  • The Finals
  • 16-30 June 2017
  • Poland
  • Live on Sky Sports

With a number of pre-Euro training camps being held at St. George’s Park over the past month, Boothroyd had selected an initial 28-man group from which his final pick would be made.

And his final squad will now re-unite again at the national football centre on Wednesday, as they put in their final preparations before heading to Poland next week.

All of the squad have been involved during the U21s’ campaign over the last two years, which saw England top their qualifying group and become the only nation to reach the Finals for a sixth successive time.

Injury means Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek misses out, as does his Stamford Bridge team-mate Izzy Brown and Manchester City’s Patrick Roberts, who were both included in the training squad but left out following assessment at St. George’s Park.

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Boothroyd said: “We have some good players and like for any international team, bringing them all together and getting them all to work as a single unit, that is always the challenging part.

“But we’ve got players with big game experience now, lads who have played in cup finals, play-off finals, big games and a couple of senior internationals.

“In this particular age group we have a very capable, mature squad with a nice balance between the soldiers and the artists, so I’m really looking forward to it.

“I think we’re well equipped on paper and it’s now about putting some hard work in on the grass, which we’ve been doing over the last three weeks to be ready for the tournament.”

Following their opener against reigning U21 Euro champions Sweden, England will face Slovakia on Monday 19 June before they round off the group stage against hosts Poland on Thursday 22 June.
 
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By Nicholas Veevers