Saturday 25 January 2020

Is it OK to get excited about England again after the under-21s reached the Euros semi-finals?

The Three Lions’ youth teams can’t stop winning right now.

By Max McLean

England’s youth success just keeps on coming after the under-21s progressed to the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship for the first time since 2009.

The side led by Aidy Boothroyd beat hosts Poland 3-0 to secure their place in the next round, with only group winners guaranteed to progress, along with the best-placed runner-up.

Goals from Demarai Gray, Jacob Murphy and Lewis Baker sealed the win, with Slovakia, who beat Sweden 3-0, ready to take first place in Group A if England had dropped points.

The result continues a summer of incredible success for England’s youth teams – a Young Lions side won the Toulon Tournament earlier in June, while youngsters won the Under-20 World Cup a day later.

The under-21s could make it three June trophies with the final coming on the 30th, but with Spain and Germany currently top of Group B and C with a game to go, the competition will only intensify.

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