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England U21 v Poland U21: Match preview
This summer’s European Championships are fast approaching and England U21 manager Aidy Boothroyd will be delighted for the chance to have another training camp with those hoping to make the squad in June.
The former Watford coach has guided the Young Lions to an impressive unbeaten run that now stands at 18 games and will be hoping to extend the winning feeling into the summer and beyond.
He has a talented roster of players at his disposal with a number of established first team Premier League stars called up to the squad.
Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Leicester duo Harvey Barnes and James Maddison, Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn are among those who have stamped their authority in England’s top division this year.
But there is also representation those playing abroad, with Hoffenheim’s on-loan Arsenal winger Reiss Nelson and Vitesse’s on-loan Chelsea defender Jake Clarke-Salter included in the 26-strong group.
Boothroyd’s lads topped their group in qualifying for this summer’s tournament, which will be held in Italy and San Marino, but will face a stiff examination of their championship credentials with the visit of Poland U21 and Germany U21 this week.
The Poles have only lost once in the previous five games, recording an impressive win away from home against Portugal U21 last time out.
However, in the last meeting between these two teams, England U21 triumphed in a comfortable 3-0 win thanks to goals from Demarai Gray, Jacob Murphy and Lewis Baker.
Anything other than a similar result would be a shock at the Vitality Stadium on Thursday night – but Boothroyd will want to see a professional job done on the visitors this week.
England U21 v Poland U21: Team news
Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi had been expected to make his debut for the U21’s this evening having only represented England at U19 level previously.
However, injury to Luke Shaw paved the way for the talented youngster to earn his first call up to the senior squad earlier this week meaning he will be unavailable for Boothroyd on Thursday night.
James Maddison has returned to the U21 set up after missing out on Gareth Southgate's senior squad while local lad Lloyd Kelly, a Bristol City academy product, is tipped to win his third cap for the U21’s in front of the Ashton Gate faithful.
The 20-year-old has been one of the Robins’ most impressive performers this season and has been tipped for a move to the Premier League in the summer.
England U21 v Poland U21: The managers
England U21 manager Aidy Boothroyd: "It’s an exciting time again, getting the boys back together to put in some preparation for the Euros and obviously two really good games this week against teams who could be our competitors in the summer.
“Both Poland and Germany will give us a really good test.
“Any team that qualifies for the U21 EURO Finals has to be respected, because it’s no mean feat getting there.
“You can see from the standard of the countries that are heading to Italy in June, they’re all top teams, so these will be difficult games.”
Poland U21 manager Czesław Michniewicz: To follow.