England national under-21 football team
|Nickname(s)||The Young Lions|
|Association||The Football Association|
|Head coach||Aidy Boothroyd|
|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||14 (first in 1978)|
|Best result||Winners: (2) 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, Harry Kane, Calum Chambers and John Stones 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 lower 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 Competitive Record
- 3 Results and fixtures
- 4 Records
- 5 Current squad
- 6 References
- 7 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 a 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 upon 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.
In September 2016, Southgate was appointed to the temporary position of caretaker manager of the England senior side after the departure of Sam Allardyce. With Southgate overseeing the main team for four games, Aidy Boothroyd, the England under-20 manager, was appointed caretaker manager of the under-21s until Southgate's return.
U21 Coaching staff
|Assistant Manager||Colin Cooper|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Timothy Dittmer|
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. England also subsequently exited the 2013 and 2015 Finals tournaments at the group stage.
|UEFA European Under-21 Championship record||UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification record||Manager(s)|
|1978||Semi-Finals||4th of 8||4||1||2||1||4||4||4||4||0||0||17||2||Sexton|
|1980||Semi-Finals||3rd of 8||4||1||1||2||4||4||4||4||0||0||11||2||Sexton|
|1982||Champions||1st of 8||6||3||2||1||11||8||6||4||1||1||12||5||Sexton|
|1984||Champions||1st of 8||6||5||0||1||13||3||6||5||0||1||13||4||Sexton|
|1986||Semi-Finals||4th of 8||4||1||2||1||3||4||6||3||2||1||9||3||Sexton|
|1988||Semi-Finals||3rd of 8||4||2||1||1||6||6||4||1||3||0||7||3||Sexton|
|1990||Did not qualify||6||4||1||1||10||5||Sexton|
|1992||Did not qualify||6||3||1||2||11||5||McMenemy|
|1994||Did not qualify||10||4||3||3||20||8||McMenemy|
|1996||Did not qualify||8||6||1||1||13||4||Sexton|
|1998||Did not qualify||10||6||3||1||11||5||Taylor|
|2000||Group Stage||5th of 8||3||1||0||2||6||4||9||8||0||1||26||3||Taylor, Reid, Wilkinson|
|2002||Group Stage||7th of 8||3||1||0||2||4||6||8||5||2||1||18||8||Wilkinson Platt|
|2004||Did not qualify||8||3||2||3||14||10||Platt|
|2006||Did not qualify||12||6||4||2||23||10||Taylor|
|2007||Semi-Finals||3rd of 8||4||1||3||0||5||3||4||3||1||0||8||4||Taylor, Pearce|
|2009||Runners-Up||2nd of 8||5||2||3||0||8||9||10||8||2||0||22||5||Pearce|
|2011||Group Stage||7th of 8||3||0||2||1||2||3||10||6||3||1||17||8||Pearce|
|2013||Group Stage||7th of 8||3||0||0||3||1||5||10||9||0||1||26||3||Pearce|
|2015||Group Stage||7th of 8||3||1||0||2||2||4||12||11||1||0||35||4||Southgate|
|2017||Semi-Finals (ongoing)||?/12||3||2||1||0||5||1||8||6||2||0||20||3||Southgate, Boothroyd|
Note: The year of the tournament represents the year in which it ends.
- *Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
Results and fixtures
2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
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|1||James Milner||Leeds United, Newcastle United, Aston Villa||46|
|3||Nathan Redmond||Birmingham City, Norwich City, Southampton||37|
|4||Tom Huddlestone||Derby County, Tottenham Hotspur||33|
|Fabrice Muamba||Birmingham City, Bolton Wanderers||33|
|6||Michael Mancienne||Chelsea, Hamburg||30|
|8||Scott Carson||Leeds United, Liverpool||29|
|Steven Taylor||Newcastle United||29|
|Danny Rose||Tottenham Hotspur||29|
|11||Jack Butland||Birmingham City, Stoke City||28|
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||Saido Berahino||West Bromwich Albion||11|
|4||Nathan Redmond||Birmingham City, Norwich City, Southampton||10|
|5||Darren Bent||Ipswich Town, Charlton Athletic||9|
|Frank Lampard||West Ham United||9|
|James Milner||Leeds United, Newcastle United, Aston Villa||9|
|8||Harry Kane||Tottenham Hotspur||8|
|Mark Hateley||Coventry City, Portsmouth||8|
|Lewis Baker||Chelsea, Vitesse||8|
|12||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 1994 are eligible until the end of the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. Names in italics denote players who have been capped for the senior team.
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Jordan Pickford||7 March 1994||13||0||Everton|
|13||GK||Angus Gunn||22 January 1996||6||0||Manchester City|
|21||GK||Jonathan Mitchell||24 November 1994||1||0||Derby County|
|5||DF||Calum Chambers||20 January 1995||21||0||Arsenal|
|12||DF||Matt Targett||8 September 1995||13||0||Southampton|
|18||DF||Dominic Iorfa||24 June 1995||12||0||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|17||DF||Kortney Hause||16 July 1995||10||0||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|6||DF||Jack Stephens||27 January 1994||8||1||Southampton|
|3||DF||Ben Chilwell||21 December 1996||6||0||Leicester City|
|16||DF||Rob Holding||20 September 1995||5||0||Arsenal|
|2||DF||Mason Holgate||22 October 1996||5||0||Everton|
|23||DF||Alfie Mawson||19 January 1994||5||1||Swansea City|
|4||MF||Nathaniel Chalobah||12 December 1994||39||1||Chelsea|
|8||MF||James Ward-Prowse||1 November 1994||30||6||Southampton|
|19||MF||Will Hughes||7 April 1995||22||2||Derby County|
|10||MF||Lewis Baker||25 April 1995||16||8||Chelsea|
|15||MF||John Swift||23 June 1995||12||1||Reading|
|20||MF||Jack Grealish||10 September 1995||7||2||Aston Villa|
|11||MF||Nathan Redmond||6 March 1994||37||10||Southampton|
|7||FW||Demarai Gray||28 June 1996||10||3||Leicester City|
|22||FW||Cauley Woodrow||2 December 1994||9||3||Fulham|
|9||FW||Tammy Abraham||2 October 1997||9||2||Chelsea|
|14||FW||Jacob Murphy||24 February 1995||5||1||Norwich City|
Recent call ups
The following players have also been called up to the England under-21 squad and remain eligible:
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Freddie Woodman||4 March 1997||1||0||Kilmarnock (on loan from Newcastle United)||v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 11 October 2016|
|DF||Brendan Galloway||17 March 1996||3||0||West Brom (on loan from Everton)||v. Italy, 10 November 2016|
|DF||Joe Gomez||23 May 1997||4||0||Liverpool||v. Denmark, 27 March 2017|
|DF||Ola Aina||8 October 1996||0||0||Chelsea||v. Switzerland, 16 November 2015|
|MF||Ruben Loftus-Cheek||23 January 1996||17||7||Chelsea||2017 European Championship PRE|
|MF||Isaiah Brown||7 January 1997||0||0||Chelsea||2017 European Championship PRE|
|MF||Kasey Palmer||9 November 1996||4||0||Huddersfield Town (on loan from Chelsea)||Toulon Tournament, 18–29 May 2016|
|MF||Dele Alli||11 April 1996||2||0||Tottenham Hotspur||v. Norway, 7 September 2015|
|MF||Josh Onomah||27 April 1997||1||1||Tottenham Hotspur||v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 11 October 2016|
|MF||Harry Winks||2 February 1996||2||0||Tottenham Hotspur||v. Denmark, 27 March 2017|
|FW||Patrick Roberts||5 February 1997||0||0||Manchester City||2017 European Championship PRE|
|FW||Dominic Solanke||14 September 1997||3||0||Liverpool||v. Switzerland, 26 March 2016|
|FW||Marcus Rashford||31 October 1997||1||3||Manchester United||v. Norway, 6 September 2016|
- INJ 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
- 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship squad
- BBC News – Wembley opener attracts thousands
- BBC News – Wembley game 'sold out' in hours
- The Guardian – Early set-back on Wembley's big day
- Veevers, Nicholas (28 September 2016). "Aidy Boothroyd set to take on England Under-21s position". The Football Association. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
- "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.
- Taylor managed the first five qualifiers, Reid managed one: Wilkinson managed the remainder of qualification and the finals campaign.
- Wilkinson resigned after the first five qualifiers, Platt managed the remainder of qualification and the finals campaign.
- Taylor managed the qualification campaign. He left before the tournament and was replaced by Pearce.
- Southgate managed the first six qualifiers, while Boothroyd managed the rest of the qualifiers and the finals campaign.
- "YOUNG LIONS SET FOR SGP". 25 May 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
- "ENGLAND U21S SQUAD NAMED FOR KAZAKHSTAN AND BOSNIA GAMES". The Football Association. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
- "A 23-MAN GROUP TO TAKE ON ITALY IN SOUTHAMPTON AND FRANCE IN PARIS HAS BEEN NAMED". The Football Association. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
- "AIDY BOOTHROYD NAMES U21S SQUAD TO FACE GERMANY AND DENMARK". The Football Association. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
- "Baily Cargill and Ben Chilwell called up by England U21s". The Football Association. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
- "ENGLAND U21S SQUAD NAMED FOR TOULON TOURNAMENT". The Football Association. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
- "ENGLAND U21S SQUAD NAMED FOR USA AND NORWAY FIXTURES". The Football Association. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
- "Three new faces in England U21s squad to face Switzerland". The Football Association. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
- "ENGLAND UNDER-21S SQUAD NAMED FOR EURO QUALIFIER WITH NORWAY". The Football Association. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
- 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.