England Under-21’s 1-2 Germany Under-21’s: Felix Uduokhai strikes late at the Vitality Stadium to give Aidy Boothroyd plenty to ponder before Italy

26 Mar

Aidy Boothroyd’s England Under-21 side saw their unbeaten run come crashing to a halt courtesy of a stoppage-time winner from Germany.

The Young Lions failed to clear a corner and Benjamin Henrichs played a cute cross into Felix Uduokhai, who took a touch and scored.

Uduokhai celebrates his late winner

After going 19 games unbeaten, England looked set to make it 20 after Dominic Solanke cancelled out Mahmoud Dahoud’s stunning touch and volley in the first half.

However, despite looking direct and dangerous on the break, the youngsters were too loose in midfield and the Germans decisively slick when it counted.

With Euro 2019 slowly but surely creeping up, Boothroyd will have to re-gather his troops and use the defeat as a learning curve ahead of the tournament in Italy.

The Young Lions protested after Kyle Walker-Peters went down with a head injury

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Callum Hudson-Odoi: England U21 boss Aidy Boothroyd admits Chelsea starlet may now STAY in senior Three Lions squad

26 Mar

Callum Hudson-Odoi could be in the England senior set-up for good, Under-21 manager Aidy Boothroyd has told talkSPORT.

The Chelsea youngster, 18, was handed his first ever U21 call-up earlier this month as a reward for his impressive breakthrough season with the Blues.

But he barely had time to introduce himself to his new team-mates before he was quickly drafted into Gareth Southgate’s men’s side after a number of players pulled out with injuries.

Hudson-Odoi in action against the Czechs at Wembley

He ended up playing in both of the Three Lions’ opening two Euro 2020 qualifying matches, as a substitute against Czech Republic before starting Monday’s 5-1 win over Montenegro, and impressed with his no-fear attitude, attacking threat and even played a hand in a goal in each game.

And, given his success in a senior shirt, Boothroyd has admitted he is unsure if the winger will ever return to his Young Lions squad.

Joining talkSPORT on his side’s matchday against Germany U21, Boothroyd explained how the teenager’s promotion came about.

He told Jim White: “I was in the middle of a press conference and then I got a call from Gareth, so I stepped out and took it and he said, ‘we need to take Callum’.

Boothroyd says he and Gareth Southgate will discuss where Hudson-Odoi’s international future lies

“So I went over to see Callum, who had just arrived and was just having his dinner, and I just said to him: ’Listen I’ve got some good news and some better news. The good news is you’re up with the senior team, the better news is you’re definitely coming back with me in the summer!’

“Now, whether he is or not after last night, that’s between Gareth and myself, we’ll have to have a chat and see what’s best for him.

“But that’s how it all came about. He came and he went. It was a very fleeting under-21 debut, he just got his dinner and left!”

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England Under-21 manager Aidy Boothroyd encourages more young players to move abroad for first-team football

21 Nov

England Under-21s manager Aidy Boothroyd is encouraging more young English players to consider moving abroad in search of more regular first-team football.

However, he has urged 18-year-old Phil Foden to stay put and learn from the best players and best coach in the world at Manchester City.

The Young Lions enjoyed a brilliant end to 2018 with a 2-1 win over Italy and a 5-1 victory over Denmark over the international break.

England Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd

One man who impressed was Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson – the 18-year-old is one of a number of English starlets who are impressing outside of the Premier League in wider Europe.

Nelson is lighting up the Bundesliga, along with Jadon Sancho who is also making headlines for his remarkable form since leaving Manchester City to join Borussia Dortmund.

Gunners winger Nelson has six goals in seven games on loan with Hoffenheim, while Sancho’s five goals and eight assists for Dortmund has seen him called up to the senior England team for the first time this season.

But they are not alone – Boothroyd has a host of players all enjoying more prominent roles with oversees clubs.

Borussia Dortmund’s Sancho now has three senior England caps

And he has urged other young players who are struggling for regular game time to think about moving to Europe, telling talkSPORT: ‘It can only be a good thing’.

Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Boothroyd said: ”Because the players are not getting in the first-teams of the clubs at the top end, they’re thinking, ‘where am I going to play my football, where am I going to get my games, where am I going to get my experience?’

“We’ve currently got five players who are playing away from the Premier League, but they’re all getting experience.

“We’ve got a couple in the Bundesliga, one is Serie A, one in Ligue 1 and a couple in the Eredivisie in Holland.

Young England players in Europe:

 

Jadon Sancho – Borussia Dortmund (capped at U19 and senior level)

Reiss Nelson – Hoffenheim (on loan from Arsenal)

Jake Clarke-Salter – Vitesse (on loan from Chelsea)

Sheyi Ojo – Stade Reims (on loan from Liverpool)

Patrick Roberts – Girona (on loan from Man City)

Ronaldo Vieira – Sampdoria (Signed from Leeds for £7m in July)

“So we’ve got players who are being brave and are learning different football cultures and different ways of playing, that’s what they’re having to do to get to where they need to be.

“As long as they end up back in our league, I think that can only be a good thing.”

Midfield playmaker Foden has been tipped to follow Sancho and Nelson in a move oversees, as he struggles for regular game time in Manchester City’s star-studded side.

Juventus were recently linked with an interest in the 18-year-old, but City are now said to be ready to hand the England U-21 ace a new and improved contract.

Phil Foden celebrates becoming the youngest Premier League medal-winner in history last season

And Boothroyd believes he should bide his time for a chance in Pep Guardiola’s side.

“Phil is playing with the best players in the world,” the Young Lions boss added.

“That is part of their education, being around and learning from those top players and then in an ideal world they’re going to get games too.

“It’s not our place to tell the clubs what to do, we’re part of the player’s development.

“But one thing’s for sure, they love coming to playing for England and getting game time in.

“If they can manage to get that game time at their clubs, it will only benefit them and benefit the country as well.”

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