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Young Lions set for SGP

England U21s boss Aidy Boothroyd has invited 28 players to a pre-Euros training camp

Thursday 25 May 2017

England Under-21s will meet at St. George’s Park next week as they continue their preparations for the European Championship Finals.

Head coach Aidy Boothroyd has invited 28 players to the national football centre, where they will spend five days together training and focusing on the trip to Poland.

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

The Young Lions have already had two shorter training camps in the last two weeks to cater for players in the group from the Championship, whose season finished a fortnight earlier than those in the Premier League.

And this get-together will give Boothroyd a chance to fully assess his options before naming his final 23-man squad for the trip to Poland ahead of the UEFA deadline on 6 June, with that group re-convening again at St. George’s Park between 7 and 10 June.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing everybody again and things will start to crank up a notch,” said Boothroyd.

“It’s good to get them all back in together, get re-focused and make sure we’re prepared properly for the Euros.

“We’ve got players at different stages, we have lads who have played 40-game seasons who will need a different sort of conditioning to the guys who have played nine or ten games.

“And we have players who have been coming off the bench and playing bit-parts for their teams and players who have played in different leagues as well, so we have a real mix in terms of fitness levels.”

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All of the players invited have featured in the qualifying campaign so far, aside from Isaiah Brown and Patrick Roberts, whose club commitments prevented them from featuring in the U20 World Cup which is currently taking place in South Korea.

And Boothroyd knows he’s going to have some tough decisions to make next weekend.

“We’ve got 28 players, but only 23 can go,” he explained.

“We only have The Emirates FA Cup Final, the Championship Play-Off and the Scottish Cup Final to get through so fingers crossed we will get everybody unscathed and we can have a really good training camp.

“I’ll be looking for as much information as I can gather about where everybody’s at and then I'll pick the squad.

“But there’s a lot of good players here so it’s going to be very difficult to leave players out.”

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By Nicholas Veevers