England national under-21 football team

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England Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Young Lions
AssociationThe Football Association
Head coachGareth Southgate[1]
Most capsJames Milner (46)
Top scorerAlan Shearer &
Francis Jeffers (13)
First colours
Second colours
First international
England England U-21 0–0 Wales U-21 Wales
(Molineux, Wolverhampton; 15 December 1976)
Biggest win
England England U-21 9–0 San Marino U-21 San Marino
(New Meadow, Shrewsbury; 19 November 2013)
Biggest defeat
Romania Romania U-21 4–0 England U-21 England
(Ploieşti, Romania; 14 October 1980)
&
England England U-21 0–4 Spain U-21 Spain
(St Andrews, Birmingham; 27 February 2001)
&
Germany Germany U-21 4–0 England U-21 England
(Malmö New Stadium, Malmö; 29 June 2009)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances12 (First in 1978)
Best resultWinners 1982, 1984
 
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England Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Young Lions
AssociationThe Football Association
Head coachGareth Southgate[1]
Most capsJames Milner (46)
Top scorerAlan Shearer &
Francis Jeffers (13)
First colours
Second colours
First international
England England U-21 0–0 Wales U-21 Wales
(Molineux, Wolverhampton; 15 December 1976)
Biggest win
England England U-21 9–0 San Marino U-21 San Marino
(New Meadow, Shrewsbury; 19 November 2013)
Biggest defeat
Romania Romania U-21 4–0 England U-21 England
(Ploieşti, Romania; 14 October 1980)
&
England England U-21 0–4 Spain U-21 Spain
(St Andrews, Birmingham; 27 February 2001)
&
Germany Germany U-21 4–0 England U-21 England
(Malmö New Stadium, Malmö; 29 June 2009)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances12 (First in 1978)
Best resultWinners 1982, 1984

England's national Under-21 football team, also known as England Under-21s or England U21(s), is considered to be the feeder team for the England national football team.

This team is for English players aged under 21 at the start of the calendar year in which a two-year European Under-21 Football Championship campaign begins, so some players can remain with the squad until the age of 23. As long as they are eligible, players can play for England at any level, making it possible to play for the U21s, senior side, and again for the U21s, as Jack Butland, Wilfried Zaha and Raheem Sterling have done recently. It is also possible to play for one country at youth level and another at senior level (providing the player is eligible).

The U-21 team came into existence, following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions, in 1976. A goalless draw in a friendly against Wales at Wolves' Molineux Stadium was England U21s' first result.

England U21s do not have a permanent home. They play in stadia dotted all around England, in an attempt to encourage younger fans in all areas of the country to get behind England. Because of the smaller demand compared to the senior national team, smaller grounds can be used. The record attendance for an England U21 match was set on 24 March 2007, when England U21 played Italy U21 in front of a crowd of just under 60,000 at the brand new Wembley Stadium, also a world record attendance for a U21 game.[2] The match was one of the required two "ramp up" events the stadium hosted in order to gain its safety certificate in time for its full-capacity opening for the 2007 FA Cup Final in May.[3][4]

Coaching staff[edit]

Head coach[edit]

TenureHead Coach/Manager
1977–1990England Dave Sexton
1990–1993England Lawrie McMenemy
1994–1996England Dave Sexton
1996–1999England Peter Taylor
1999England Peter Reid
1999–2001England Howard Wilkinson
2001–2004England David Platt
2004–2007England Peter Taylor
2007–2013England Stuart Pearce
2013–England Gareth Southgate

The original and most successful coach is Dave Sexton, who led the U21s from 1977 to 1990. In this period he combined his duties with managing the top-flight clubs Manchester United (1977–1981) and Coventry City (1981–1983). After Coventry he took a position within the FA as their first Technical Director, at Lilleshall. He handed over U21 responsibilities to England manager Graham Taylor's assistant Lawrie McMenemy for three years before resuming control from 1994 to 1996.

Peter Taylor took over in 1996 and, although never winning the tournament, his teams had an excellent record. He was controversially removed from the position in early 1999, however, and replaced initially by Peter Reid, who resigned after just one match in charge to dedicate more time to his other job as manager of Sunderland. Howard Wilkinson took over afterwards, yet could only produce four wins in ten competitive matches and quit after a year and a half in charge. David Platt took charge upon his departure from Nottingham Forest. Platt was U21 boss from 2001 to 2004, but had little success before Taylor's return. Taylor left in January 2007, as the senior national manager Steve McClaren wanted the U21s to have a full-time manager. Taylor, at the time, was combining his duties with his role as Crystal Palace boss.

On 1 February 2007, Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce was appointed as head coach on a part-time basis until after the European Championships in the summer of 2007. Nigel Pearson, Newcastle United's assistant manager, agreed to become Pearce's assistant. Their first match in charge was a 2–2 draw against Spain on 6 February 2007 at Derby County's Pride Park Stadium. For the match against Italy Nigel Pearson took charge as Stuart Pearce had club commitments. Steve Wigley assisted Pearson.

Pearce was dismissed as Manchester City manager on 14 May 2007, before the 2007 European Championships, but on 19 July 2007 he was named full-time U21s coach.[5] He remained in the post until June 2013, when it was announced that his contract would not be renewed.[6] On 31 July, the FA announced that England senior manager Roy Hodgson would take charge of an England U21 friendly match against Scotland at Bramall Lane,[7] the match ended in a 6–0 win for Hodgson's side.[8] Former England international Gareth Southgate was made manager of the under-21 team on 22 August.[9]

Other staff[edit]

CoachesEngland Steve Holland[10]
England Brian Eastick
Goalkeeping CoachWales Martin Thomas[11]
PhysiotherapistsEngland Dave Galley[12]
England Derek Wright[12]
DoctorEngland Dr. Richard Higgins[13]
MasseurEngland Stewart Welsh
Exercise ScientistEngland Craig Boyd
Performance AnalystEngland Keith Mincher
Video AnalystEngland Mike Baker
Kit ManagerEngland Neil Jones

Competition History[edit]

As a European U21 team, England compete for the European Championship, with the finals every odd-numbered year, formerly even-numbered years. There is no Under-21 World Cup, although there is an Under-20 World Cup. For the first six (1978–1988) European Under-21 Football Championships, England did well, getting knocked out in the semi-finals on four occasions and winning the competition in 1982 and 1984. Then, as one might expect with a rapid turnover of players, followed a lean period.

After losing to France in the 1988 semi final, England then failed to qualify for the last eight for five whole campaigns. In the qualifying stages for the 1998 tournament, England won their group, but fate was not on their side. Because there were nine groups, and only eight places, the two group-winning nations with worst records had to play-off to eliminate one of them. England lost the away leg of this extra qualifying round and were eliminated on away goals to Greece. In effect, England finished ninth in the competition despite losing only one of their ten matches.

England qualified for the 2000 finals comfortably. Under the 1996-appointed Peter Taylor England won every match without conceding a goal. But with 3 matches to play, Taylor was replaced in a controversial manner by Howard Wilkinson, who won the next two matches. The three goals conceded in the 3–1 defeat to group runners-up Poland were the only blemish on the team's qualifying record. England got knocked out in the group stage of the European Championship finals in 2000 under Wilkinson.

After enlisting former international star David Platt as manager, England qualified for the 2002 tournament in Switzerland. Again England did poorly in the group stage. Platt's England failed to qualify for the 2004 tournament and he was replaced by the returning Peter Taylor. Taylor's England qualified from the group but lost to a strong France team in a two-legged playoff and failed to qualify for the 2006 tournament.

The next campaign started shortly after the 2006 finals – the qualification stage of the 2007 competition. UEFA decided to shift the tournament forward to avoid a clash with senior tournaments taking place in even-numbered years. The qualification stage was heavily reduced, being completed in a year's less time. In a 3-team qualification group, England qualified over Switzerland and Moldova, and then won a two-legged play-off with Germany to qualify for the finals to be held in the Netherlands. At the tournament, England progressed through to the semi-finals where they led for the majority of the match against the hosts. However, after a late equaliser and a marathon penalty shootout, England were eliminated.

In 2009, England finished as runners-up, losing 4–0 to Germany in the final.

England finished second in their qualifying group for the 2011 championships in Denmark. They subsequently defeated Romania in the play-offs to qualify for the finals tournament, where they were knocked out in the group stage after a 2-1 defeat to the Czech Republic.

YearProgress
1978Semi Final
1980Semi Final
1982Champions
1984Champions
1986Semi Final
1988Semi Final
1990Failed to qualify
1992
1994
1996
1998
2000Group Stage
2002Group Stage
2004Failed to qualify
2006
2007Semi Final
2009Final
2011Group Stage
2013Group Stage

Note: The year of the tournament represents the year in which it ends.

Results and fixtures 2013–2015[edit]

2015 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship[edit]

Qualification[edit]

Group stage[edit]
Team
PldWDLGFGAGDPts
 England10910312+2928
 Finland104421710+716
 Moldova10514126+616
 Wales103341213–112
 Lithuania10226619–138
 San Marino10118230–284
 EnglandFinlandLithuaniaMoldovaSan MarinoWales
England 3–05–01–09–01–0
Finland 1–12–21–05–02–2
Lithuania 0–10–10–32–11–1
Moldova 0–31–03–02–00–0
San Marino 0–40–00–10–31–0
Wales 1–31–52–01–04–0


Play-off[edit]

Other fixtures[edit]

2014 Toulon Tournament[edit]

Group stage[edit]
TeamPld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Brazil4400132+1112
 England412164+25
 South Korea412134−15
 Colombia402235−22
 Qatar4022212−102
  Team qualified for final
  Team qualified for 3rd place match
Third place play-off[edit]

Friendly matches[edit]

Players[edit]

Leading appearances[edit]

RankPlayerClub(s)U-21 Caps
1James MilnerLeeds United, Newcastle United, Aston Villa46
2Tom HuddlestoneDerby County, Tottenham Hotspur33
Fabrice MuambaBirmingham City, Bolton Wanderers33
4Michael MancienneChelsea, Hamburg30
5Scott CarsonLeeds United, Liverpool29
Steven TaylorNewcastle United29
Danny RoseTottenham Hotspur29
8Jamie CarragherLiverpool27
Gareth BarryAston Villa27
Jordan HendersonSunderland, Liverpool27

Note: Club(s) represents the permanent clubs during the player's time in the Under-21s. Those players in bold are still eligible to play for the team at the moment.

Leading goalscorers[edit]

RankPlayerClub(s)U-21 Goals
1Alan ShearerSouthampton13
Francis JeffersEverton, Arsenal13
3Frank LampardWest Ham United9
Darren BentIpswich Town, Charlton Athletic9
James MilnerLeeds United, Newcastle United, Aston Villa9
Saido BerahinoWest Bromwich Albion9
7Mark HateleyCoventry City, Portsmouth8
Carl CortWimbledon8
9Mark RobinsManchester United7
Shola AmeobiNewcastle United7
Jermain DefoeWest Ham United7

Note: Club(s) represents the permanent clubs during the player's time in the Under-21s. Those players in bold are still eligible to play for the team at the moment.

Current squad[edit]

Players born on or after 1 January 1992 are eligible until the end of the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.[14] Names in italics denote players who have been capped for the Senior team.

The following players were named in the squad for the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification games against Lithuania and Moldova.[15]

NameDOBClubCaps (goals)
Goalkeepers
Jack Butland(1993-03-10) 10 March 1993 (age 21)England Stoke City24 (0)
Jonathan Bond(1993-05-19) 19 May 1993 (age 21)England Watford4 (0)
Jamal Blackman(1993-10-27) 27 October 1993 (age 20)[16]England Middlesbrough (on loan from Chelsea)0 (0)
Defenders
Michael Keane(1993-01-11) 11 January 1993 (age 21)England Burnley (on loan from Manchester United)14 (3)
Liam Moore(1993-01-31) 31 January 1993 (age 21)England Leicester City9 (0)
Luke Garbutt(1993-05-21) 21 May 1993 (age 21)England Everton7 (0)
Ben Gibson(1993-03-01) 1 March 1993 (age 21)England Middlesbrough5 (0)
Jamaal Lascelles(1993-11-11) 11 November 1993 (age 20)England Nottingham Forest (on loan from Newcastle United)1 (0)
Tyler Blackett(1994-04-02) 2 April 1994 (age 20)England Manchester United1 (0)
Midfielders
Nathaniel Chalobah(1994-12-12) 12 December 1994 (age 19)England Burnley (on loan from Chelsea)19 (0)
James Ward-Prowse(1994-11-01) 1 November 1994 (age 19)England Southampton13 (3)
Tom Carroll(1992-05-28) 28 May 1992 (age 22)Wales Swansea City (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)9 (1)
Will Hughes(1995-04-07) 7 April 1995 (age 19)England Derby County9 (1)
Jake Forster-Caskey(1994-04-25) 25 April 1994 (age 20)England Brighton & Hove Albion7 (1)
Wide
Nathan Redmond(1994-03-06) 6 March 1994 (age 20)England Norwich City16 (4)
Tom Ince(1992-01-30) 30 January 1992 (age 22)England Hull City15 (3)
Alex Pritchard(1993-05-03) 3 May 1993 (age 21)England Brentford (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)2 (0)
Forwards
Saido Berahino(1993-08-04) 4 August 1993 (age 21)England West Bromwich Albion11 (9)
Harry Kane(1993-07-28) 28 July 1993 (age 21)England Tottenham Hotspur7 (5)
Danny Ings(1992-07-23) 23 July 1992 (age 22)England Burnley5 (2)
Cauley Woodrow(1994-12-02) 2 December 1994 (age 19)England Fulham5 (2)

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the England under-21 squad and remain eligible:

NameDOBClubCaps (goals)Most recent call-up
Goalkeepers
Sam Johnstone(1993-03-25) 25 March 1993 (age 21)England Manchester United0 (0)2014 Toulon Tournament, 21 May – 1 June 2014
George Long(1993-11-05) 5 November 1993 (age 20)England Oxford United (on loan from Sheffield United)0 (0)v  Finland/ San Marino, 14/19 November 2013
Defenders
Jack Robinson(1993-09-01) 1 September 1993 (age 21)England Huddersfield Town (on loan from Queens Park Rangers)9 (1)v  Lithuania/ Moldova, 5/9 September 2014*
Eric Dier(1994-01-15) 15 January 1994 (age 20)England Tottenham Hotspur7 (0)v  Lithuania/ Moldova, 5/9 September 2014*
Tyias Browning(1994-05-27) 27 May 1994 (age 20)England Everton5 (0)2014 Toulon Tournament, 21 May – 1 June 2014
Carl Jenkinson(1992-02-08) 8 February 1992 (age 22)England West Ham United (on loan from Arsenal)6 (1)v  Wales, 19 May 2014
John Stones(1994-05-28) 28 May 1994 (age 20)England Everton8 (0)v  Wales, 5 March 2014
Zeki Fryers(1992-09-09) 9 September 1992 (age 22)England Crystal Palace0 (0)v  Wales, 5 March 2014*
Luke Shaw(1995-07-12) 12 July 1995 (age 19)England Manchester United3 (0)v  Finland/ San Marino, 14/19 November 2013
Andre Wisdom(1993-05-09) 9 May 1993 (age 21)England West Bromwich Albion (on loan from Liverpool)10 (0)v  Moldova/ Finland, 5/9 September 2013
Tom Thorpe(1993-01-13) 13 January 1993 (age 21)England Manchester United1 (0)v  Moldova/ Finland, 5/9 September 2013
Todd Kane(1993-09-17) 17 September 1993 (age 21)England Chelsea0 (0)v  Moldova/ Finland, 5/9 September 2013
Phil Jones(1992-02-21) 21 February 1992 (age 22)England Manchester United9 (0)v  Sweden, 5 February 2013
Harry Maguire(1993-03-05) 5 March 1993 (age 21)England Hull City1 (0)v  Northern Ireland, 13 November 2012
Jon Flanagan(1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 21)England Liverpool3 (0)v  Iceland, 10 November 2011
Midfielders
Josh McEachran(1993-03-01) 1 March 1993 (age 21)Netherlands Vitesse (on loan from Chelsea)15 (1)2014 Toulon Tournament, 21 May – 1 June 2014
Jordan Cousins(1994-03-06) 6 March 1994 (age 20)England Charlton Athletic3 (1)2014 Toulon Tournament, 21 May – 1 June 2014
Ravel Morrison(1993-02-02) 2 February 1993 (age 21)England West Ham United4 (2)v  Wales, 5 March 2014
Jonjo Shelvey(1992-02-27) 27 February 1992 (age 22)Wales Swansea City13 (4)v  Moldova/ Finland, 5/9 September 2013*
Ross Barkley(1993-12-05) 5 December 1993 (age 20)England Everton5 (1)v  Scotland, 13 August 2013
Gary Gardner(1992-06-29) 29 June 1992 (age 22)England Brighton & Hove Albion (on loan from Aston Villa)5 (2)v  Belgium, 29 February 2012
Jack Wilshere(1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 22)England Arsenal7 (0)2011 European Championship provisional squad, 11–25 June 2011
Wide
Solomon March(1994-07-20) 20 July 1994 (age 20)England Brighton & Hove Albion4 (0)2014 Toulon Tournament, 21 May – 1 June 2014
Jordan Obita(1993-12-08) 8 December 1993 (age 20)England Reading2 (1)2014 Toulon Tournament, 21 May – 1 June 2014
Jesse Lingard(1992-12-15) 15 December 1992 (age 21)England Manchester United5 (0)v  Wales, 19 May 2014
Wilfried Zaha(1992-11-10) 10 November 1992 (age 21)England Crystal Palace (on loan from Manchester United)13 (1)v  Wales, 19 May 2014*
Raheem Sterling(1994-12-08) 8 December 1994 (age 19)England Liverpool8 (3)v  Finland/ San Marino, 14/19 November 2013
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain(1993-08-15) 15 August 1993 (age 21)England Arsenal8 (4)v  Belgium, 29 February 2012
Forwards
Will Keane(1993-01-11) 11 January 1993 (age 21)England Manchester United5 (0)2014 Toulon Tournament, 21 May – 1 June 2014
Patrick Bamford(1993-09-05) 5 September 1993 (age 21)England Middlesbrough (on loan from Chelsea)1 (0)v  Wales, 5 March 2014
Nick Powell(1994-03-23) 23 March 1994 (age 20)England Leicester City (on loan from Manchester United)2 (0)v  Finland/ San Marino, 14/19 November 2013
Connor Wickham(1993-03-31) 31 March 1993 (age 21)England Sunderland17 (6)v  Moldova/ Finland, 5/9 September 2013
Benik Afobe(1993-02-12) 12 February 1993 (age 21)England Milton Keynes Dons (on loan from Arsenal)2 (1)v  Sweden, 5 February 2013

*Player withdrew from the squad before any games had been played.

Past squads[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ BBC News – Wembley opener attracts thousands
  3. ^ BBC News – Wembley game 'sold out' in hours
  4. ^ The Guardian – Early set-back on Wembley's big day
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  6. ^ "Stuart Pearce: England Under-21 boss to leave role". BBC Sport. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Roy Hodgson and Ray Lewington to manage England Under-21s against Scotland". thefa.com. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "England Under-21s thrash Scotland 6-0 in friendly". BBC News. 13 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Gareth Southgate named England Under-21 boss". BBC News. 22 August 2013. 
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  11. ^ "Martin Thomas". http://www.thefa.com/. The Football Association. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Derek's Euro Role". http://www.nufc.co.uk/. Newcastle United. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "First team support staff". http://www.swfc.co.uk/. Sheffield Wednesday. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "Regulations of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2013–15". http://www.uefa.org/. UEFA. Archived from the original on 6 July 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  15. ^ "Chelsea's Jamal Blackman added to Under-21s squad". http://www.thefa.com/. The Football Association. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "Jamal Blackman". http://www.chelseafc.com/. Chelsea FC. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 

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