England Under-21s will soon be travelling to the Czech Republic for the 20th staging of the Under-21 European Championship.
England breezed through the qualifiers, finishing top of their group, winning nine out of 10 matches with an impressive goal difference of 29, whilst West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino was the leading goal scorer with 10.
The competition runs from the 17 to 30 June and England are in Group B with Italy, Portugal and Sweden. Their first game is against Portugal on 18 June at the Městský Fotbalový Stadion, Uherske Hradiste.
Euro Under-21s: Four to watch
Euro Under-21s: Four to watch
1/4 Bernardo Silva (Portugal)
England have to find a way of stopping this midfield playmaker in their opening game. Signed by Monaco for €16m from Benfica two years ago, he was part of the team that eliminated Arsenal from the Champions League. Already capped at senior level, he makes the team tick.
2/4 Kevin Volland (Germany)
The captain of a talented Germany team, Volland is a goalscoring winger who is a stalwart of Germany’s junior teams and has already been capped three times by Joachim Löw for the seniors. Has signed a new contract at Hoffenheim but is wanted by Borussia Dortmund
3/4 Andrea Belotti (Italy)
Goalscorer who will face England in the third group game a week today. The 21-year-old Palermo player has scored six goals in nine qualifying matches. Good partnership at Under-21s level with the Juventus striker Domenico Berardi
4/4 Filip Djuricic (Serbia)
Impressive in spells while on loan at Southampton. At 23, one of the most experienced players here. He has 22 caps for the senior team and four goals, including two against Scotland in 2014 World Cup qualifying. Benfica’s attacking midfielder is a key figure.
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The winner and runner up of Group B will face either Serbia, Germany, Denmark or Czech Republic of Group A in the semi-finals.
Gareth Southgate's side have won 13 of their last 14 matches and with the inclusion of Harry Kane, England will be hoping to improve upon the 2013 European Championship. Under Stuart Pearce they failed to qualify past the group stage in Israel.
In preparation, England will play against Belarus in a friendly on 11 June at Oakwell Stadium, Barnsley, live on BT Sport 1 at 7.45pm.
England’s Group Fixtures
England U21 v Portugal U21 - Thursday, 18 June, 7.45pm, BT Sport 1, Městský Fotbalový Stadion, Uherske Hradiste.
Sweden U21 v England U21 - Sunday, 21 June, 5pm, BT Sport 1, Andrův stadion, Olomouc
England U21 v Italy U21 - Wednesday, 24 June, 7.45pm, BT Sport 1, Andrův stadion, Olomouc
Winner of Group B v Runner-up of Group A, Andrův stadion, Olomouc, 27 June, 5pm, BT Sport 1
Winner of Group A v Runner-up of Group B, Generali Arena, Prague, 27 June, 8pm, BT Sport 1
Winner of Semi-final 1 v Winner of Semi-final 2, Eden Arena, Prague, 30 June, 7.45pm, BT Sport 1
Gareth Southgate's England Squad
Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham), Jonathan Bond (Watford), Jack Butland (Stoke City)
Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Garbutt (Everton), Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough), Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal, loan to West Ham United), Michael Keane (Burnley), Liam Moore (Leicester City), John Stones (Everton), Matt Targett (Southampton)
Tom Carroll (Tottenham Hotspur, loan to Swansea City), Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea), Will Hughes (Derby County), Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton & Hove Albion), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Alex Pritchard (Tottenham Hotspur, loan to Brentford), Nathan Redmond (Norwich City), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Patrick Bamford (Chelsea, loan to Middlesbrough), Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Danny Ings (Burnley), Cauley Woodrow (Fulham)Reuse content