England national under-21 football team
|Nickname(s)||The Young Lions|
|Association||The Football Association|
|Head coach||Gareth Southgate|
|Most caps||James Milner (46)|
|Top scorer||Alan Shearer &
Francis Jeffers (13)
| England U-21 0–0 Wales U-21
(Molineux, Wolverhampton; 15 December 1976)
| England U-21 9–0 San Marino U-21
(New Meadow, Shrewsbury; 19 November 2013)
| Romania U-21 4–0 England U-21
(Ploieşti, Romania; 14 October 1980)
England U-21 0–4 Spain U-21
(St Andrews, Birmingham; 27 February 2001)
Germany U-21 4–0 England U-21
(Malmö New Stadium, Malmö; 29 June 2009)
|UEFA U-21 Championship|
|Appearances||12 (First in 1978)|
|Best result||Winners 1982, 1984|
This team is for English players aged under 21 at the start of the calendar year in which a two-year European Under-21 Football Championship campaign begins, so some players can remain with the squad until the age of 23. As long as they are eligible, players can play for England at any level, making it possible to play for the U21s, senior side, and again for the U21s, as Jack Butland, Wilfried Zaha and Raheem Sterling have done recently. It is also possible to play for one country at youth level and another at senior level (providing the player is eligible).
The U-21 team came into existence, following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions, in 1976. A goalless draw in a friendly against Wales at Wolves' Molineux Stadium was England U21s' first result.
England U21s do not have a permanent home. They play in stadia dotted all around England, in an attempt to encourage younger fans in all areas of the country to get behind England. Because of the smaller demand compared to the senior national team, smaller grounds can be used. The record attendance for an England U21 match was set on 24 March 2007, when England U21 played Italy U21 in front of a crowd of just under 60,000 at the brand new Wembley Stadium, also a world record attendance for a U21 game. The match was one of the required two "ramp up" events the stadium hosted in order to gain its safety certificate in time for its full-capacity opening for the 2007 FA Cup Final in May.
- 1 Coaching staff
- 2 Competition History
- 3 Results and fixtures 2013–2015
- 4 Players
- 5 References
- 6 External links
The original and most successful coach is Dave Sexton, who led the U21s from 1977 to 1990. In this period he combined his duties with managing the top-flight clubs Manchester United (1977–1981) and Coventry City (1981–1983). After Coventry he took a position within the FA as their first Technical Director, at Lilleshall. He handed over U21 responsibilities to England manager Graham Taylor's assistant Lawrie McMenemy for three years before resuming control from 1994 to 1996.
Peter Taylor took over in 1996 and, although never winning the tournament, his teams had an excellent record. He was controversially removed from the position in early 1999, however, and replaced initially by Peter Reid, who resigned after just one match in charge to dedicate more time to his other job as manager of Sunderland. Howard Wilkinson took over afterwards, yet could only produce four wins in ten competitive matches and quit after a year and a half in charge. David Platt took charge after his departure from Nottingham Forest. Platt was U21 boss from 2001 to 2004, but had little success before Taylor's return. Taylor left in January 2007, as the senior national manager Steve McClaren wanted the U21s to have a full-time manager. Taylor, at the time, was combining his duties with his role as Crystal Palace boss.
On 1 February 2007, Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce was appointed as head coach on a part-time basis until after the European Championships in the summer of 2007. Nigel Pearson, Newcastle United's assistant manager, agreed to become Pearce's assistant. Their first match in charge was a 2–2 draw against Spain on 6 February 2007 at Derby County's Pride Park Stadium. For the match against Italy Nigel Pearson took charge as Stuart Pearce had club commitments. Steve Wigley assisted Pearson.
Pearce was dismissed as Manchester City manager on 14 May 2007, before the 2007 European Championships, but on 19 July 2007 he was named full-time U21s coach. He remained in the post until June 2013, when it was announced that his contract would not be renewed. On 31 July, the FA announced that England senior manager Roy Hodgson would take charge of an England U21 friendly match against Scotland at Bramall Lane, the match ended in a 6–0 win for Hodgson's side. Former England international Gareth Southgate was made manager of the under-21 team on 22 August.
|Goalkeeping Coach||Martin Thomas|
|Doctor||Dr. Richard Higgins|
|Exercise Scientist||Craig Boyd|
|Performance Analyst||Keith Mincher|
|Video Analyst||Mike Baker|
|Kit Manager||Neil Jones|
As a European U21 team, England compete for the European Championship, with the finals every odd-numbered year, formerly even-numbered years. There is no Under-21 World Cup, although there is an Under-20 World Cup. For the first six (1978–1988) European Under-21 Football Championships, England did well, getting knocked out in the semi-finals on four occasions and winning the competition in 1982 and 1984. Then, as one might expect with a rapid turnover of players, followed a lean period.
After losing to France in the 1988 semi final, England then failed to qualify for the last eight for five whole campaigns. In the qualifying stages for the 1998 tournament, England won their group, but fate was not on their side. Because there were nine groups, and only eight places, the two group-winning nations with worst records had to play-off to eliminate one of them. England lost the away leg of this extra qualifying round and were eliminated on away goals to Greece. In effect, England finished ninth in the competition despite losing only one of their ten matches.
England qualified for the 2000 finals comfortably. Under the 1996-appointed Peter Taylor England won every match without conceding a goal. But with 3 matches to play, Taylor was replaced in a controversial manner by Howard Wilkinson, who won the next two matches. The three goals conceded in the 3–1 defeat to group runners-up Poland were the only blemish on the team's qualifying record. England got knocked out in the group stage of the European Championship finals in 2000 under Wilkinson.
After enlisting former international star David Platt as manager, England qualified for the 2002 tournament in Switzerland. Again England did poorly in the group stage. Platt's England failed to qualify for the 2004 tournament and he was replaced by the returning Peter Taylor. Taylor's England qualified from the group but lost to a strong France team in a two-legged playoff and failed to qualify for the 2006 tournament.
The next campaign started shortly after the 2006 finals – the qualification stage of the 2007 competition. UEFA decided to shift the tournament forward to avoid a clash with senior tournaments taking place in even-numbered years. The qualification stage was heavily reduced, being completed in a year's less time. In a 3-team qualification group, England qualified over Switzerland and Moldova, and then won a two-legged play-off with Germany to qualify for the finals to be held in the Netherlands. At the tournament, England progressed through to the semi-finals where they led for the majority of the match against the hosts. However, after a late equaliser and a marathon penalty shootout, England were eliminated.
England finished second in their qualifying group for the 2011 championships in Denmark. They subsequently defeated Romania in the play-offs to qualify for the finals tournament, where they were knocked out in the group stage after a 2-1 defeat to the Czech Republic.
|1990||Failed to qualify|
|2004||Failed to qualify|
Note: The year of the tournament represents the year in which it ends.
Results and fixtures 2013–2015
2015 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship
|5 September 2013||England||1 – 0||Moldova||Madejski Stadium, Reading, England|
|19:45 UTC+01:00||Berahino 13'||Report||Referee: Nikola Dabanović (Montenegro)
|9 September 2013||Finland||1 – 1||England||Tampere Stadium, Tampere, Finland|
|UTC+03:00||Yaghoubi 15'||Report||Berahino 67'
|Referee: Vladimir Kazmenko (Russia)
|10 October 2013||San Marino||0 – 4||England||Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino|
|UTC+02:00||Report||M. Keane 5'
H. Kane 45(+3)' (pen.), 66', 89'
|Referee: Eiko Saar (Estonia)
|15 October 2013||England||5 – 0||Lithuania||Portman Road, Ipswich, England|
|18:00 UTC+01:00||Morrison 3', 71'
Berahino 63', 76' (pen.)
|Report||Referee: Adrien Jaccottet (Switzerland)
|14 November 2013||England||3 – 0||Finland||Stadium mk, Milton Keynes, England|
|19:45 UTC±00:00||M. Keane 21'
Berahino 37', 90(+1)'
|Report||P. O'Shaughnessy 70'||Referee: Paolo Valeri (Italy)
|19 November 2013||England||9 – 0||San Marino||New Meadow, Shrewsbury, England|
|18:00 UTC±00:00||M. Keane 13'
Sterling 15', 59'
Ings 18', 48'
|Report||Referee: Gunnar Jarl Jónsson (Iceland)
|5 March 2014||England||1 - 0||Wales||Pride Park Stadium, Derby, England|
|UTC±00:00||Redmond 56'||Report||Attendance: 13,408
Referee: Nicolas Rainville (France)
|13 August 2014||Wales||v||England||Wales|
|5 September 2014||Lithuania||v||England||Lithuania|
|9 September 2014||Moldova||v||England||Moldova|
|13 August 2013||England||6 – 0||Scotland||Bramall Lane, Sheffield, England|
|19:30 UTC+01:00||Redmond 3'
Referee: Danny Makkelie
|1||James Milner||Leeds United, Newcastle United, Aston Villa||46|
|2||Tom Huddlestone||Derby County, Tottenham Hotspur||33|
|Fabrice Muamba||Birmingham City, Bolton Wanderers||33|
|4||Michael Mancienne||Chelsea, Hamburg||30|
|5||Scott Carson||Leeds United, Liverpool||29|
|Steven Taylor||Newcastle United||29|
|Danny Rose||Tottenham Hotspur||29|
|Gareth Barry||Aston Villa||27|
|Jordan Henderson||Sunderland, Liverpool||27|
Note: Club(s) represents the permanent clubs during the player's time in the Under-21s. Those players in bold are still eligible to play for the team at the moment.
|Francis Jeffers||Everton, Arsenal||13|
|3||Frank Lampard||West Ham United||9|
|Darren Bent||Ipswich Town, Charlton Athletic||9|
|James Milner||Leeds United, Newcastle United, Aston Villa||9|
|6||Mark Hateley||Coventry City, Portsmouth||8|
|8||Mark Robins||Manchester United||7|
|Shola Ameobi||Newcastle United||7|
|Jermain Defoe||West Ham United||7|
Note: Club(s) represents the permanent clubs during the player's time in the Under-21s. Those players in bold are still eligible to play for the team at the moment.
Players born on or after 1 January 1992 are eligible until the end of the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. Names in italics denote players who have been capped for the Senior team.
|Jack Butland||10 March 1993||Leeds United (on loan from Stoke City)||19 (0)|
|Jonathan Bond||19 May 1993||Watford||1 (0)|
|Sam Johnstone||25 March 1993||Doncaster Rovers (on loan from Manchester United)||0 (0)|
|Jack Robinson||1 September 1993||Blackpool (on loan from Liverpool)||9 (1)|
|Michael Keane||11 January 1993||Manchester United||8 (3)|
|John Stones||28 May 1994||Everton||8 (0)|
|Carl Jenkinson||8 February 1992||Arsenal||5 (1)|
|Liam Moore||31 January 1993||Leicester City||2 (0)|
|Jamaal Lascelles||11 November 1993||Nottingham Forest||0 (0)|
|Nathaniel Chalobah||12 December 1994||Middlesbrough (on loan from Chelsea)||13 (0)|
|Tom Carroll||28 May 1992||Queens Park Rangers (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)||7 (1)|
|James Ward-Prowse||1 November 1994||Southampton||7 (2)|
|Will Hughes||7 April 1995||Derby County||7 (1)|
|Ravel Morrison||2 February 1993||Queens Park Rangers (on loan from West Ham United)||4 (2)|
|Tom Ince||30 January 1992||Crystal Palace (on loan from Blackpool)||13 (3)|
|Wilfried Zaha||10 November 1992||Cardiff City (on loan from Manchester United)||13 (1)|
|Nathan Redmond||6 March 1994||Norwich City||9 (2)|
|Jesse Lingard||15 December 1992||Brighton & Hove Albion (on loan from Manchester United)||4 (0)|
|Saido Berahino||4 August 1993||West Bromwich Albion||5 (6)|
|Harry Kane||28 July 1993||Tottenham Hotspur||4 (3)|
|Danny Ings||23 July 1992||Burnley||3 (2)|
|Patrick Bamford||5 September 1993||Derby County (on loan from Chelsea)||1 (0)|
The following players have also been called up to the England under-21 squad and remain eligible:
|Name||DOB||Club||Caps (goals)||Most recent call-up|
|George Long||5 November 1993||Sheffield United||0 (0)||v Finland/ San Marino, 14/19 November 2013|
|Ezekiel Fryers||9 September 1992||Tottenham Hotspur||0 (0)||v Wales, 5 March 2014*|
|Eric Dier||15 January 1994||Sporting CP||4 (0)||v Finland/ San Marino, 14/19 November 2013|
|Luke Shaw||12 July 1995||Southampton||3 (0)||v Finland/ San Marino, 14/19 November 2013|
|Andre Wisdom||9 May 1993||Derby County (on loan from Liverpool)||10 (0)||v Moldova/ Finland, 5/9 September 2013|
|Tom Thorpe||13 January 1993||Birmingham City (on loan from Manchester United)||1 (0)||v Moldova/ Finland, 5/9 September 2013|
|Todd Kane||17 September 1993||Blackburn Rovers (on loan from Chelsea)||0 (0)||v Moldova/ Finland, 5/9 September 2013|
|Luke Garbutt||21 May 1993||Everton||0 (0)||v Scotland, 13 August 2013|
|Phil Jones||21 February 1992||Manchester United||9 (0)||v Sweden, 5 February 2013|
|Harry Maguire||5 March 1993||Sheffield United||1 (0)||v Northern Ireland, 13 November 2012|
|Jon Flanagan||1 January 1993||Liverpool||3 (0)||v Iceland, 10 November 2011|
|Jonjo Shelvey||27 February 1992||Swansea City||13 (4)||v Moldova/ Finland, 5/9 September 2013*|
|Ross Barkley||5 December 1993||Everton||5 (1)||v Scotland, 13 August 2013|
|Josh McEachran||1 March 1993||Wigan Athletic (on loan from Chelsea)||13 (1)||2013 European Championship, 5–18 June 2013|
|Gary Gardner||29 June 1992||Sheffield Wednesday (on loan from Aston Villa)||5 (2)||v Belgium, 29 February 2012|
|Jack Wilshere||1 January 1992||Arsenal||7 (0)||2011 European Championship provisional squad, 11–25 June 2011|
|Raheem Sterling||8 December 1994||Liverpool||8 (3)||v Finland/ San Marino, 14/19 November 2013|
|Sammy Ameobi||1 May 1992||Newcastle United||5 (0)||v Lithuania/ San Marino, 10/15 October 2013|
|Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain||15 August 1993||Arsenal||8 (4)||v Belgium, 29 February 2012|
|Will Keane||11 January 1993||Queens Park Rangers (on loan from Manchester United)||3 (0)||v Finland/ San Marino, 14/19 November 2013|
|Nick Powell||23 March 1994||Wigan Athletic (on loan from Manchester United)||2 (0)||v Finland/ San Marino, 14/19 November 2013|
|Connor Wickham||31 March 1993||Sunderland||17 (6)||v Moldova/ Finland, 5/9 September 2013|
|Benik Afobe||12 February 1993||Sheffield Wednesday (on loan from Arsenal)||2 (1)||v Sweden, 5 February 2013|
*Player withdrew from the squad before any games had been played.
- 2000 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship squad
- 2002 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship squad
- 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship squad
- 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship squad
- 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship squad
- "Southgate named England Under-21 boss". BBC. 22 August 2013.
- BBC News – Wembley opener attracts thousands
- BBC News – Wembley game 'sold out' in hours
- The Guardian – Early set-back on Wembley's big day
- "Pearce named England U21 manager". BBC Sport. 19 July 2007. Retrieved 17 July 2007.
- "Stuart Pearce: England Under-21 boss to leave role". BBC Sport. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
- "Roy Hodgson and Ray Lewington to manage England Under-21s against Scotland". thefa.com. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
- "England Under-21s thrash Scotland 6-0 in friendly". BBC News. 13 August 2013.
- "Gareth Southgate named England Under-21 boss". BBC News. 22 August 2013.
- "Holland to stay with U21s". http://www.thefa.com/. The Football Association. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
- "Martin Thomas". http://www.thefa.com/. The Football Association. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
- "Derek's Euro Role". http://www.nufc.co.uk/. Newcastle United. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
- "First team support staff". http://www.swfc.co.uk/. Sheffield Wednesday. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
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- "23-man squad for game with Wales". http://www.thefa.com/. The Football Association. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
- "Tom Thorpe". Manchester United. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
- Official FA England Under-21 website Contains listings of current England U-21 players.
- Uefa Under-21 website Contains full results archive
- The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation Contains full record of U-21 Championship hosts and additional statistics, such as the Group Winners table for the 1998 qualifiers.