England Under-21s: Who was in the team? Who do they play for? How much first-team experience do they have?

27 Mar

England’s under-21s suffered a 2-1 defeat to Germany after conceding a late goal in Bournemouth.

Aidy Boothroyd’s side had been on a brilliant run of 18-games undefeated before the loss at the Vitality Stadium.

Phil Foden featured for the under-21s

There is plenty of talent in the young England side with a number of the players seeing regular first team action in either the Premier League or Championship.

The under-21s are preparing for the European Championships with high hopes of emulating the success of younger age groups who have come home with silverware.

Dominic Solanke scored England’s goal

Callum Hudson-Odoi would have been in the squad if he had not been called up to the senior side as a late replacement.

A lot was made of his lack of first team experience as he has made just 23 appearances for the Chelsea first-team.

Here is a look at the players who featured for England on Tuesday night and how much experience they have gained despite their youth.

Dean Henderson – Goalkeeper

Age: 22

Club: Sheffield United (on loan from Manchester United)

First team appearances: 102 (none for United)

Kyle Walker-Peters – Defender

Age: 21

Club: Tottenham Hotspur

First team appearances: 17

Kyle Walker-Peters in action for the England Under-21s

Dael Fry – Defender

Age: 21

Club: Middlesbrough

First team appearances: 43

Jack Clarke-Salter – Defender

Age: 21

Club: Vitesse (on loan from Chelsea)

First team appearances: 46 (two for Chelsea)

Ryan Sessegnon – Defender/winger

Age: 18

Club: Fulham

First team appearances: 114

Ryan Sessegnon has made 114 appearances for Fulham despite being just 18

Tom Davies – Midfielder

Age: 20

Club: Everton

First team appearances: 86

Kieran Dowell – Midfielder

Age: 21

Club: Sheffield United (on loan from Everton)

First team appearances: 51 (five for Everton)

Demarai Gray – Winger

Age: 22

Club: Leicester City

First team appearances: 210 (including 78 for Birmingham)

Demarai Gray plays for Leicester

Phil Foden – Midfielder

Age: 18

Club: Manchester City

First team appearances: 33

Harvey Barnes – Striker

Age: 21

Club: Leicester City

First team appearances: 88 (15 for Leicester)

Dominic Solanke – Striker

Age: 21

Club: Bournemouth

First team appearances: 59 (five for Bournemouth)

Will Solanke get his chance at Bournemouth after a tough spell at Liverpool?

Substitutes who came on:

Ezri Konsa – Defender

Age: 21

Club: Brentford

First team appearances: 125 (39 for Brentford)

Jay Dasilva – Defender

Age: 20

Club: Bristol City (on loan from Chelsea)

First team appearances: 77 (none for Chelsea)

Dominic Clavert-Lewin – Striker

Age: 21

Club: Everton

First team appearances: 130 (87 for Everton)

Dominic Calvert-Lewin plays for Everton

Hamza Choudhury – Midfielder

Age: 21

Club: Leicester City

First team appearances: 45 (17 for Leicester)

Ademola Lookman – Striker

Age: 21

Club: Everton

First team appearances: 102 (42 for Everton)

James Maddison – Attacking midfielder

Age: 22

Club: Leicester City

First team appearances: 144 (31 for Leicester)

Tottenham Hotspur fans love Kyle Walker-Peters stat which will leave Arsenal fans embarrassed

26 Dec

Tottenham Hotspur starlet Kyle Walker-Peters took his chance to shine against Bournemouth and in doing so produced a statistic which has got fans laughing at Arsenal.

The right-back, given his first Premier League start of the season at Wembley, certainly stole the show with three assists in the first-half.

Kyle Walker-Peters almost scored for Tottenham, as well as getting three assists against Bournemouth.

His neat passing from the flank allowed Christian Eriksen, Heung-Min Son, and Lucas Moura all to net beyond Cherries goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

It was described as a ‘masterclass’ by one fan and one Tottenham blog thrilled supporters by revealing an incredible fact about KWP’s feat.

Walker-Peters’ hat-trick of assist in the first 45 minutes mean he created more goals in in one half of football than Ozil had all season in the Premier League, which has seen him in action for 935 minutes prior to their game with Brighton on Boxing Day.

It’s a fact which will no doubt further infuriate Gunners fans who look set to wave the German goodbye as Unai Emery fails to find room for him in his side.


Kyle Walker-Peters: Tottenham Hotspur fans can’t believe how good the right-back has been against Bournemouth

26 Dec

Christmas is the time for giving and Kyle Walker-Peters was definitely in the mood as he made three assists to put Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 up against Bournemouth – by half-time.

The young right-back was finally given a chance to shine at Wembley with rival Kieran Trippier rested and Serge Aurier not in the 18-man squad.

Kyle Walker-Peters in action for Tottenham against Bournemouth.

In his previous two Premier League starts – against Newcastle and Leicester City last season – he won the Man of the Match award in both.

He’s found game time hard to come by this year and his only previous start was against Barcelona at the Camp Nou, but put on a ‘masterclass’, according to his fans, against the Cherries.

First off, he slipped the ball to Christian Eriksen for his deflected long range strike and he found Heung-Min Son on the edge of the area for Spurs’ second.

The third was a smart cut-back for Lucas Moura and now supporters want to see him handed more time on the pitch for the rest of the season.

You can see how fans reacted on Twitter below…

Tottenham team news: Kyle Walker-Peters likely to start at Barcelona as Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier stay at home

10 Dec

Tottenham could be forced to pick Kyle Walker-Peters at right-back for their do-or-die Champions League clash at Barcelona.

Full-backs Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier are both struggling with groin injuries and have not travelled to Spain.

Walker-Peters featured against Leicester on the weekend

Walker-Peters, who today signed a contract extension with the club until 2023, has only made 11 senior appearances for the club.

He was part of England’s Under-20 World Cup-winning squad in 2017 and made his Premier League debut against Newcastle during the 2017/18 season.

Spurs go to Barcelona having to match Inter Milan’s result against PSV in the final round of Group B matches.

The La Liga champions are already guaranteed to finish top of the group.

It has already been confirmed that Luis Suarez will not feature, while Lionel Messi could be rested by the Catalans.

At a pre-match press conference, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said: “If we want to deserve qualification we have to win tomorrow.

“The idea was to come to Barcelona already qualified. We deserved better results in Milan and Holland.

Trippier is out with a groin injury

“We are going to be ready to compete in our best condition. We need to think like this if we are going to do something important.

“We are going to know what’s going on in Milan. It’s important to know what’s going on but focus on what we have to do.”

Tottenham Hotspur news: Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino ready to play wonderkids against Barcelona

9 Dec

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he is prepared to play his wonderkids against Barcelona in their vital Champions League match on Tuesday.

Kyle Walker-Peters, 21, played the last 12 minutes against Leicester City after an injury to Serge Aurier in Saturday night’s 2-0 win.

Kyle Walker-Peters played the final stages against Leicester and could now face Barcelona in a huge Champions League clash.

With Kieran Trippier also a fitness concern, a reporter asked Pochettino whether he would be ready to play the youngster at Camp Nou.

The Argentine, who took 16-year-old strike starlet Troy Parrott as part of his travelling squad for the Premier League match against the Foxes and gave 18-year-old Oliver Skipp a top flight debut against Southampton, insisted all three starlets would be able to do battle with the Spanish giants if called upon.

Oliver Skipp was a late substitute against Southampton and is highly-rated.

He said: “I think he’s ready to play. All the players that we have in the squad, the younger ones like Oliver Skipp or Troy Parrott, who was involved today for the first time, it’s because they’re involved in the first team during days, during weeks, during months, and it’s only to give the possibility to play.

“I don’t doubt and I am not worried about players who are injured or don’t perform in their best, because we have another who can replace them. I promise we are going to win or lose with one or another.”