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)

Everton news: Tom Davies says set-piece defending is ‘not good enough’ and players are working to fix it

7 Feb

Tom Davies admits Everton’s set-piece defending is “not good enough”.

The Toffees conceded for the 19th time from a dead-ball situation this season in a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday night.

Tom Davies captained Everton against Manchester City on Wednesday

Aymeric Laporte rose highest to head home David Silva’s free-kick in first-half stoppage time, which killed the confidence Marco Silva’s side had built from an energetic start.

“We were obviously gutted. It’s not good enough,” said academy graduate Davies, captain on the night with Phil Jagielka injured and Seamus Coleman dropped to the bench.

“We are disappointed with it, of course. That’s twice now in the last two games just before half-time.

Aymeric Laporte headed in Manchester City’s opener

“If we keep it out and go in at half-time at 0-0 it’s a different game because we’d put in a good shift, as we did in the Wolves game (that Everton lost 3-1 on Saturday).

“We are looking to work on it and we will be back for the next game and, hopefully, we can get that sorted.

“All we can do is have a few games, a few set-plays, defending well and I am sure we will be more confident.

“All the lads are gutted because we’ve done well enough in the game but it is just poor goals again.

“Two-nil sounds comfortable but it was far from that.”

The players aged 19 and under who have played more Premier League minutes than anyone else, including Declan Rice and Trent Alexander-Arnold

25 Sep

West Ham United’s owners need to get their act together and sort Declan Rice out with a new contract, according to talkSPORT’s Danny Murphy.

The 19-year-old has been one of the club’s better performers this season, but has a year left on his current deal, which is thought to currently earn him around £3,000-a-week.

It is understood his bosses are prepared to offer the defender £15,000-a-week and former England midfielder Danny Murphy said: “Declan Rice has all the attributes to play for England, no doubt about that, and he’ll have a long career in the Premier League.”

“He’s at a good club where he’s playing every week, but I’m amazed West Ham haven’t got him a new contract sorted.

“He’s only got next year left and he’s still on a young man’s contract, playing in the Premier League and dealing with the likes of Eden Hazard.

“Why haven’t they sorted it? This lad hasn’t just come into the first team, he’s been around since last season.”

And so here, talkSPORT.com looks at how Rice compares to other players, who were 19 years old or under at the start of last the last campaign, for minutes played in the top flight.

1. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

Since the start of last season, the full-back has played 2112 minutes of Premier League football

2. Tom Davies (Everton)

The Everton ace has played 1901 minutes of Premier League football since the start of last season

3. Declan Rice (West Ham)

Rice has played 1648 minutes of Premier League football since the start of last season

4. Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Fulham, on loan from Man United)

On loan at Crystal Palace last season, the defender has played 962 minutes of Premier League football since the start of the last campaign

5. Marcus Rashford (Man United)

Rashford has played 612 minutes of Premier League football since the start of last season

6. Sam Field (West Brom)

Sam Field has played 539 minutes of Premier League football since the start of last season

7. Tammy Abraham (Swansea, on loan from Chelsea)

Abraham, at Aston Villa for this season. has played 538 minutes of Premier League football since the start of the last campaign

8. Thomas Edwards (Stoke City)

Since the start of last season, Edwards has played 483 minutes of Premier League football

9. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)

Sessegnon has only been playing Premier League football since the summer following Fulhams promotion and has manage 377 minutes of action

10. Matteo Gunedouzi (Arsenal)

 

Guendouzi, who joined Arsenal in the summer, has played 351 minutes of Premier League football