Men's Under 21s
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Young Lions set for Auld Enemy

Aidy Boothroyd makes his pick for Euro qualifiers with Scotland and Andorra

Thursday 28 Sep 2017

England Under-21s boss Aidy Boothroyd has named his squad for their next Euro qualifiers against the ‘Auld Enemy’ Scotland and Andorra.

The Young Lions face their international neighbours in Middlesbrough next Friday, before they travel to Andorra for their second game of the week on Tuesday 10 October 2017.

England v Scotland
  • UEFA European U21 Qualifier
  • 7.45pm, Friday 6 October 2017
  • Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough FC
  • Tickets: £10/£5
  • Live on BT Sport

Boothroyd is able to call on the majority of the group who kick-started the new Euro campaign with a draw against the Netherlands and a 3-0 win over Latvia earlier this month, although he is without Chelsea’s Kasey Palmer who has picked up an injury during his loan spell with Huddersfield Town.

Midfielders Harry Winks and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are also named in the squad, after missing the previous games through injury.

There’s also an international homecoming for Dael Fry, the Middlesbrough-born defender who has been a regular for Boro under Garry Monk so far this season.

An injury to Sheyi Ojo also means a new addition to the squad in the shape of Jack Harrison, who has been a regular in the MLS with New York City FC and was called up on Sunday to replace the Liverpool forward who is currently on loan at Fulham.

The head coach was able to give his players ample time to impress in the first two games, making nine changes for the Latvia game in Bournemouth after the first match had ended 1-1 with the Dutch in Doetinchem.

And Boothroyd was satisfied with the way it went for his squad on their first time together as U21s.

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“I was really pleased with the way it went, we got four points on the board in our games which was what we’d targeted and the way the group came together for the start of our campaign was pleasing,” he said.

Andorra v England
  • UEFA European U21 Qualifier
  • 5pm, Tuesday 11 October 2017
  • Estadi Comunal, Andorra La Vella

“We had some really good moments in both games, but there are still plenty of things on which we need to work on.

“Overall though, I was really pleased with how it went and now we need to move forward and build on our points tally in the next two games against Scotland and Andorra.

“The game with Scotland is an intriguing fixture and it’s a really good game for us. The fact that the Scots beat the Dutch is good for the group I think, because it now sets it up nicely for our game with them.

“They’re a team that will naturally want to beat us and they’ll be working very hard to do that.

“Personally, as a passionate Englishman, I’m really looking forward to it.”

Tickets for the Scotland game at the Riverside Stadium are on sale now, priced at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions and further reductions for group bookings. Click here for more details or to purchase.

The squad

By Nicholas Veevers