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2019 UEFA European Under 21 Championship

Tomorrow sees the start of the Under 21s, hosted by Italy. All the games are live on Sky Sports.

England are in Group C with France, Romania and Croatia. Bookies favourites, England have the likes of Foden, Maddison, Mount, Nelson, Abraham, Barnes, Wan Bissaka, Tomori and Clarke-Salter to call on.

Englands opening game is on Tuesday, where they face France in what may be the group decider. France have a lot of talent themselves, with the likes of Guendouzi, Tousart, Ntcham, Reine-Adelaide and Aouar among their midfield options. Upamecano is a highly rated CB with a lot of Bundesliga appearances with RB Leipzig. Moussa Dembele, the former Fulham and Celtic striker, will be a dangerman.

Romania have Ianis Hagi, son of legendary Gheorghe, as their standout player. Ex-Arsenal midfielder Vlad Dragomir is also in the squad, while George Puscas and Adrian Petre are a threat up front.

Croatia complete Group C, and Alen Halilovic is the name that stands out in their squad. Evertons Nikola Vlasic had a good season on loan at CSKA and Josip Brekalo gets goals at this level.

Elsewhere, hosts Italy have a strong squad spearheaded by Moises Kean and Patrick Cutrone. Lorenzo Pellegrini already has a few senior caps to his name and has been linked to a move to the PL.
Their group A opponents include Spain. Dani Ceballos, Carlos Soler, Borja Mayoral and Rafa Mir are among the best known players, while West Ham fans will look forward to seeing Pablo Fornals.
Group A also includes Poland, who have Arsenals Krystian Bielik in their squad. Belgium complete the group.

Reigning champions Germany headline Group B. They have picked an experienced spine of Jonathon Tah, Lukas Klostermann and Mahmoud Dahoud.
Real Madrids expensive (one of them anyway) summer signing Luka Jovic is the big hope for Serbia, although they will expect Sasa Lukic and Andrija Zivkovic to back him up. Nikola Milenkovic at the back is also highly rated, making Serbia a dark horse.
Joachim Andersen has been heavily linked to Arsenal, and Denmark will hope he proves the hype here. Marcus Ingvartsen is free scoring at this level.
Austria make up Group B and are rank outsiders.

Englands fixtures are:
vs France - Tuesday 18th June - 20:00
vs Romania - Friday 21st June - 17:30
vs Croatia - Monday 24th June - 20:00

Top team in each group progresses plus best 2nd place.
The final in on June 30th.

posted on 15/6/19

Can't see England progressing.

posted on 16/6/19

Think they've got a great chance. France look like the main threat

posted on 16/6/19

Great preview DJ. And having not watched football in nearly a week, I'm looking forward to this! My only disappointment is that Greenwood isn't in the squad, but his time will come. Exciting England team nonetheless, and they have every chance of going far

posted on 16/6/19

2 group winners progress and 2 out of the 3 group runners up. England should make the semi finals for sure.

posted on 16/6/19

comment by Glazers_Out (SE85) (U21241)
posted 3 hours, 31 minutes ago
2 group winners progress and 2 out of the 3 group runners up. England should make the semi finals for sure.
3 group winners and 1 runners up.

posted 4 weeks, 1 day ago


posted 4 weeks, 1 day ago

well that went badly

Great group of players in theory, awful management perhaps?

posted 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Boothroyd has had a shocker. Picked an unbalanced squad, his team selections have been baffling and subs in the first game made little sense.

posted 4 weeks, 1 day ago

At least it means some of the England lads might now be available for their respective clubs’ pre-seasons. Could prove to be a blessing for a few of them in the end.

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