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 Post subject: Re: England U21 Thread
PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 1:37 pm 
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Tim Sherwood says it is up to Jack Grealish to decide which country he wishes to represent at international level and has advised him to ‘go with your heart.’

However, the Aston Villa boss has urged his young midfielder ‘not to rush his decision’.

Birmingham-born Grealish has already represented the Republic of Ireland at U21 level but is yet to earn a senior cap for the Irish, so could still play for England.

The 19-year-old, who is also being watched by England U21 boss Gareth Southgate, was a key performer on Sunday when Villa beat Liverpool in their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

Regarding Grealish’s international future, Sherwood told TalkSport: "It's up to Jack where he wants to go. It's purely up to him.

“What I've got to do is make sure he's got that decision to make. He must be doing something right for Aston Villa if he's got those options. That's my priority.

'Decision'

"Then it's up to Jack to decide where he wants to go. I had the same situation with Nabil Bentaleb who could have played for France but decided to pick Algeria.

“I did have a chat with him and he asked me what to do. I just said, 'you've got to go with your heart. Do you think you're French or Algerian?'

"That's the decision he had to make and now Jack has got to make that decision. He has to play a few more times for Aston Villa before he needs to make that decision."

Grealish has caught the attention of fans already, despite only making his first league start against QPR earlier this month.

And Sherwood said of his starlet: "When some kids come and play with the first team sometimes, they're a bit overawed, but Jack's not.

"He receives the ball and dribbles it around people. They kick lumps out of him because he's so confident. The ball is his friend, it sticks to his foot. The more opportunities he gets, the better he's going to become."


It's a bit of a strange situation where he's more likely to win a tournament playing for England (even if that is a very slim chance) but he's more likely to play at a major tournament for the republic as there's less competition for his space.

Luckily for him it's probably a decision he can stall on for a little bit longer although I think both nations will be looking to get him capped in the next round of internationals if he keeps playing the way he is.

As Sherwood says it's up to him does he feel English or Irish


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Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been included in the provisional England squad for the 2015 European Under-21 Championship.

West Brom striker Saido Berahino and Burnley forward Danny Ings are also named in the squad, but Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw is left out.

Gareth Southgate's England side have won 13 of their last 14 matches.

The competition runs from 17-30 June in the Czech Republic, with England in a group with Italy, Portugal and Sweden.

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England's European U-21 Championship fixtures
18 June v Portugal
21 June v Sweden
24 June v Italy


Kane, 21, who scored six times in eight qualifying games, earned his first senior cap in March when he scored within two minutes of coming on as a substitute against Lithuania.

However, he drops back down to under-21 level, despite the fact that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino did not want him to be selected.

"We go there as one of the favourites, we go there with belief and we want to challenge," said Southgate.

"We've had individual achievements of players going up to the first team, but now they can go on and create a bit of history."

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal had wanted Shaw to miss the tournament after an injury-disrupted campaign that has seen him only play 16 Premier League matches since joining United for £27m in June 2014.

"I have spoken to Louis regularly and Luke had been keen to come but medically he is not going to be fit," added Southgate. "It is a shame for Luke because he is a player that has been a part of what we have done."

Southgate defended his decision to not include other players that were eligible to play in the Czech Republic who have featured for Roy Hodgson's senior England side.

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling and Manchester United defender Phil Jones were all eligible to play in the competition, but not selected.

"With the guys that have been up with Roy for a year, I don't feel it serves any purpose to bring them down into our squad," said Southgate.

"I was able to pick them if I wanted to. Roy has said from the start 'you take who you want to'.

"There are a couple of players that Roy would've wanted to take to the senior games in June but he wants to look long-term and see what's best for the players."

England have won the European Under-21 Championship on two occasions - in 1982 and 1984.

Their last appearance at the tournament in 2013 ended with the side managed by Stuart Pearce exiting at the group stage having lost all three of their matches.

The 27-man England squad
Goalkeepers
Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham), Jonathan Bond (Watford), Jack Butland (Stoke City)

Defenders
Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Garbutt (Everton), Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough), Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal, on loan at West Ham United), Michael Keane (Burnley), Liam Moore (Leicester City), John Stones (Everton), Matt Targett (Southampton)

Midfielders
Tom Carroll (Tottenham Hotspur, on loan at 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), Nathan Redmond (Norwich City), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

Forwards
Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Patrick Bamford (Chelsea, on loan at Middlesbrough), Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Danny Ings (Burnley), Cauley Woodrow (Fulham)

* The 27-man squad will be cut to 23 players by Uefa's deadline on 2 June.


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 Post subject: Re: England U21 Thread
PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:38 pm 
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England’s hitherto serene preparation for the European Under-21 Championship finals suffered its second blow in the space of 24 hours on Thursday with the news that Saido Berahino has been ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury.

The West Bromwich Albion striker was the side’s top scorer in qualifying with 10 goals but suffered the injury in the final training session before Thursday’s opening game against Portugal in Uherske Hradiste.

Benik Afobe, who scored 13 Championship goals for Wolverhampton Wanderers after joining from Arsenal in January, and 32 in all competitions last season thanks to a prolific spell with MK Dons before Christmas, will replace Berahino in the squad but will not be available until England’s second group game against Sweden on Sunday.

“It’s a great personal disappointment for Saido,” said the England head coach Gareth Southgate. “He’s very conscious of it not affecting the team and we’re personally disappointed for him because he’s been with us from the very first game, scored our first goal and has been a huge part of the reason why we’re here.

“It’s a great shame he won’t be able to finish the job. For us, it’s important that we move on and the rest of the group respond and react in the right way as they have done throughout the competition.”

Berahino will fly back to England immediately for Albion’s assessment. “We are hopeful the injury is not too serious,” said the West Brom performance director Dr Mark Gillett. “We are grateful to the FA for putting the player’s welfare first even though it will obviously be disappointing for Saido to miss out on the tournament. But now the first phase is to assess fully what the problem is and then we can sort out a programme for his recovery and rehabilitation.”

Berahino’s exit is the second blow to Southgate in the run-up to the opening fixture following the suspected concussion suffered by John Stones which has ruled the Everton defender out of the Portugal and Sweden games.


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Reality check

I know we didn't take our absolute strongest squad to the tournament but sounds like we were taken to the cleaners tonight.

Reality is only 4 of our players are regulars in the top flight I'm guessing most of the Italy team play regularly in Serie A. Off the top of my head only Jenkinson, Stones, Kane & Ings are first team regulars in premier league. The rest of them played in the championship last season or U21 league.

I'm sure oxlade-chamberlain, shaw, sterling, Jones & Wilshere would make a difference but still think the right decision was made to leave them at home.


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England would have won it 'by miles' with the right players
England were without the likes of winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, forward Raheem Sterling, midfielder Ross Barkley and defender Luke Shaw.

"They would win it with the top players by miles. They seriously would. Those players in midfield or up front would have won this competition very, very easily."

Too much too early

"The moment these lads show any innate ability they get too much money too early I'm afraid.

"Before these kids hit the money trail, they want it absolutely. The problem is as soon as they get their first deal, unless they have been brought up properly to respect things like that, they have no chance.

"Look at Raheem Sterling at Liverpool. He is the perfect example of getting it wrong.

"He has decided he doesn't want to play for Liverpool. He said it is not about the money. Why would he want to leave Liverpool? Only the season before last they nearly won the league. What is that about? Where is he getting that advice from?"

"The problem for clubs is if you don't pay £25,000-£30,000 a week, or whatever it is, somebody else will pay it.

"It is very difficult how you can stop it.

"You are relying on young players to have been brought up properly by their mothers and fathers, to invest in themselves in terms of training, staying behind, practice, practice, practice.

Should Gareth Southgate lose his job?

"No, it is really difficult for him.

"They qualified, they were unbeaten, and they looked a really good side. He lost his top scorer in Saido Berahino while John Stones missed the first two games.

"He has an awful lot of guys who play their football in the Championship. They have done extremely well to get here but, when they have got here, in a tough group, they have bombed."

Football Association should 'test' the desire of players to represent England

"The FA should say we are going to pick you and the player's club manager might go absolutely mad. Test them.

"Say to the player 'do you really want to play for England or do you just want to pick your money up in the Premier League? If that's what they want let them do it."

Premier League 'far bigger' than playing for England Under-21s

"The bigger picture is all these players they left at home because their clubs didn't want them to come.

"Their clubs are saying the Premier League is a far bigger deal than England Under-21s doing well.

"But it is what England need.

"If you are successful and your top players are there, then they go to play for the full national team with a winning experience of playing in a tournament where you play three games in six or seven days.

"What do the majority of club supporters want?

"They want their Premier League clubs to be successful. Do they want England to be successful? Are they bothered?"

Mark Lawrenson was talking to BBC Sport's Mike Henson


I think it's too easy to say the players get to much to young the reality is they're put in the middle of a tug of war between club and country I'm sure most of these lads would love to go and play an U21 tournament in the summer but their clubs don't want them there and do everything they can to keep them away.

The FA need to get tough and call the players up even against the clubs wishes if the clubs aren't happy then they need to give them rests during the season if they get tired or maybe England agree to sit them out of the odd friendly next season.

Wilshere for example missed most of last season playing this tournament would probably have done him the world of good, Shaw & Oxlade-Chamberain weren't fit and Sterling probably deserves a summer off having gone to the WC last summer and all the stuff in the spotlight at the moment.

At the heart of it there seems to be a lack of trust between clubs and country over releasing players they just don't work together.

In other nations the whole thing is setup to feed the national team and the national team dictate to the clubs in our country the FA seems to be scared of the clubs they need to grow a pair and if they want a player for internationals then take him.


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GOALKEEPERS


Jack Butland 6

Could do little about any of the goals conceded but perhaps could have dominated his area a little more as England occasionally looked shaky at set pieces. Made one superb stop to prevent an early own goal against Portugal.

Did not play: Jonathan Bond, Marcus Bettinelli.

DEFENDERS

Carl Jenkinson 7

The brightest of the back four. One of the few players who was a regular in the Premier League last season and it showed. There is no shortage of English right-backs at the moment but he did his chances of progression to the senior squad no harm.

Ben Gibson 5

A rugged stopper of a centre-half, and not always entirely happy with the ball at his feet, he was comfortable against a direct, physical Sweden side but troubled by the movement of Portugal and had a night to forget against Italy.

Liam Moore 5

Like Gibson, his central defensive partner for the opening two matches, enjoyed himself against Sweden and struggled against Portugal. His distribution was not always the best and he looked like a player with a shortage of football in the season just gone.

Luke Garbutt 5

The weaker of England’s full-backs. Given a tough time by Italy’s Domenico Berardi, although you get the sense that this will be the case for plenty of international defenders in the years to come.

John Stones 5

His absence due to concussion after a training-ground collision with Butland was seen as the chief problem in creating from the back. Not a tournament he will remember with much fondness but one of the few who is shoo-in for a large number of full England caps.

Did not play: Matt Targett, Calum Chambers, Michael Keane.

MIDFIELDERS

Nathaniel Chalobah 5

In the side as a roving roadblock he was given a torrid time by Portugal’s Bernardo Silva, was largely unemployed against a defensive Sweden and the game passed him by against Italy. Lacked the domination of Portugal’s William Carvalho and the drive of Lorenzo Crisetig and it is hard to see him troubling the Chelsea first team next season.

James Ward-Prowse 5

Did little wrong against Portugal, although both he and Chalobah will remember Bernardo Silva’s performance. Did not get a look in thereafter.

Tom Carroll 5

Hard to see him making a breakthrough at Tottenham. Was tried both as an attacking midfielder and defensive one but struggled to make a telling impression in either position.

Will Hughes 6

Started against Sweden and was neat enough despite, like all his central midfield colleagues, struggling to impose himself forcefully on the game. Looked to have benefited from two full seasons in the first team at Derby County.

Jake Forster-Caskey 5

A surprise inclusion against Italy. It was not particularly obvious what he brought to the table more than either Carroll or Ward-Prowse.

Nathan Redmond 6

Hugely likeable off the field, something of an enigma on it. At times showed real quality on the ball, at others drifted out of the games. England looked liveliest in those moments when he was to the fore.

Jesse Lingard 7

Scored England’s only goal that really mattered – and what a strike it was – and was lively against Italy when restored to the starting XI. A player who should be looking for regular Premier League football next season, whether at Old Trafford or elsewhere.

Alex Pritchard 7

An impressive cameo against Portugal, followed by an unfortunate injury against Sweden. Stayed around the camp despite the injury. Should be in the Spurs first-team mix next season and if not, like Lingard, on loan in the top flight.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek 6

Brilliant in a cameo against Sweden, but looked a little overawed by the difficulty of the situation when introduced late again against Italy. Southgate will hope he is a mainstay of this side’s 2017 campaign but has the talent to leapfrog age-group football straight into the full setup.

FORWARDS

Harry Kane 7

Looked a cut above many of his team-mates at times but was too often isolated against Sweden and Portugal. That improved with Ings in the No10 role against Italy. Will likely go on to earn plenty of full international caps

Danny Ings 6

A strange tournament for the Liverpool-bound striker. Added energy and presence in substitute appearances against Portugal and Sweden but endured a difficult evening against Italy when promoted to the starting XI. Missed a huge chance at 0-0 that could have made all the difference.

Did not play: Benik Afobe

MANAGER

Gareth Southgate 6

Had his preparations disrupted by the injuries to Saido Berahino and John Stones just before the opening game and then lost the lively Alex Pritchard for the Italy match, but in his defence he refused to use those absences as an excuse. The one selection mis-step was probably the use of Forster-Caskey against the Italians.


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The Liverpool duo Jordon Ibe and Joe Gomez are among 14 uncapped players that have been included in the England Under-21 squad for the forthcoming matches against the United States and Norway.

The Manchester United forward James Wilson, Tottenham’s midfielder Delle Ali and the Everton defender Brendan Galloway are also part of the uncapped group within the 23-man squad announced on Tuesday morning.

Gareth Southgate’s side, who are looking to bounce back from a disappointing European Championship campaign over the summer, face USA Under-23s on 3 September at Preston’s Deepdale before taking on Norway Under-21s away the following Monday.

Despite being eligible Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, Everton’s John Stones and Manchester United’s Luke Shaw were all left out, with all likely to be in Roy Hodgson’s senior squad due to be named on Sunday.

There are eight players who have been capped previously at under-21 level, including Arsenal’s Calum Chambers, Tottenham’s Eric Dier and Southampton’s Matt Targett.

Wilson, Sunderland’s Duncan Watmore and the Wolverhampton Wanderers pair Kortney Hause and Dominic Iorfa make the step-up from last year’s under-20s side, along with Arsenal’s Chuba Akpom.

Full 23-man squad

Goalkeepers: Angus Gunn (Manchester City), Jordan Pickford (Preston North End), Christian Walton (Bury)

Defenders: Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Brendan Galloway (Everton), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Kortney Hause (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Jack Stephens (Middlesbrough), Matt Targett (Southampton)

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea), Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

Forwards: Chuba Akpom (Hull City), Jordon Ibe (Liverpool), Solly March (Brighton & Hove Albion), Nathan Redmond (Norwich City), Duncan Watmore (Sunderland), James Wilson (Manchester United), Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).


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Marcus Rashford has lost his England place after being moved out of the Manchester United team since José Mourinho took control at Old Trafford and brought in Zlatan Ibrahimovic to play in attack.

Rashford has dropped into England’s Under-21 side after Sam Allardyce decided he could not justify a place for the 18-year-old when the new era under his managership begins with a World Cup qualifier in Slovakia on Sunday week.

Rashford’s emergence at Old Trafford last season, scoring eight times in 18 games, led to Roy Hodgson calling him up for Euro 2016 and the teenager breaking Wayne Rooney’s record as England’s youngest player at a European Championship.

Since then the sacking of Louis van Gaal, Mourinho’s appointment and the arrival of Ibrahimovic have meant Rashford being restricted to a 70th-minute substitute’s appearance against Leicester City in the Community Shield and not getting off the bench for United’s wins against Bournemouth and Southampton.

Allardyce has spoken to Gareth Southgate, the manager of England’s Under-21s, and the pair have decided Rashford should not be involved in the senior setup when the striker has yet to play a minute in the Premier League this season.

Southgate’s team play Norway in a European Under-21 Championship qualifier in Colchester on 6 September and Rashford has been named in the squad, with the likelihood he will play his first game at that age level. Arsenal’s Rob Holding and Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish have also been selected.

England Under-21 squad v Norway

Goalkeepers Angus Gunn (Manchester City), Jordan Pickford (Sunderland), Joe Wildsmith (Sheffield Wednesday)

Defenders Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Ben Chilwell (Leicester), Brendan Galloway (West Brom, loan from Everton), Kortney Hause (Wolves), Rob Holding (Arsenal), Mason Holgate (Everton), Dominic Iorfa (Wolves), Matt Targett (Southampton)

Midfielders Lewis Baker (Vitesse Arnhem, loan from Chelsea), Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea), Isaac Hayden (Newcastle), Will Hughes (Derby), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), John Swift (Reading), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

Forwards Demarai Gray (Leicester), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Marcus Rashford (Man Utd), Nathan Redmond (Southampton), Dominic Solanke (Chelsea), Duncan Watmore (Sunderland)


Think it's good for Rashford he can get some playing time in the U21s over the next 2 weeks I'm guessing he wouldn't get much with the seniors and after this break the calendar at Utd is much busier with league cup & Europa League so he'll get playing time there.


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Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has been left out by England Under-21s, three days before the next senior squad is named.

The 18-year-old was part of England's Euro 2016 squad in the summer but was not picked for the World Cup qualifier against Slovakia earlier this month.

He instead played for the under-21s, scoring a hat-trick against Norway.

The under-21s face Kazakhstan on October 6 and Bosnia-Herzegovina five days later in Euro 2017 qualifying.

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, who is on loan at Bristol City, and Derby goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell are called up for the first time.

England Under-20s manager Aidy Boothroyd will take charge of the under-21 team, with Gareth Southgate stepping up to lead the senior team for four matches after the departure of Sam Allardyce.

Full squad

Goalkeepers: Jonathan Mitchell (Derby County), Jordan Pickford (Sunderland), Freddie Woodman (Newcastle United)

Defenders: Calum Chambers (Middlesbrough, loan from Arsenal), Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), Brendan Galloway (West Bromwich Albion, loan from Everton), Rob Holding (Arsenal), Mason Holgate (Everton), Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Matt Targett (Southampton)

Midfielders: Lewis Baker (Vitesse Arnhem, loan from Chelsea), Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea), Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United), Will Hughes (Derby County), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), John Swift (Reading), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

Forwards: Tammy Abraham (Bristol City, loan from Chelsea), Demarai Gray (Leicester City), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Nathan Redmond (Southampton), Duncan Watmore (Sunderland)


Pickford, Ward-Prowse, Redmond & Watmore

4 players out of a 23 man squad who you could say are first team starters at Premier League clubs. Chambers might get some more games on loan but it's not good that most of our young players aren't being exposed to first team football in the top division.


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Former Watford and Coventry boss Aidy Boothroyd has been confirmed as manager of the England Under-21 team.

The Under-20 boss replaces Gareth Southgate, who vacated the role to become England manager after the departure of Sam Allardyce.

Boothroyd, 45, took charge for the U21 side's final two Euro 2017 qualifiers and secured qualification for this summer's finals in Poland.




"I've been at the FA three years; this is the logical next step," he said.

"I believe I am here on merit because I've worked in all four divisions and I've got an understanding of speaking to a League Two manager or a Premier League manager and the problems they have."

Boothroyd was in charge of Watford for three seasons from 2005, initially saving the club from relegation to the third tier before leading them to the top flight in 2006.

The Vicarage Road side finished bottom of the Premier League the following season, then failed to make an immediate return, losing in the play-off semi-finals.

Boothroyd left the following season and had a nine-month spell at Colchester and an 11-month stint at Coventry before taking charge at Northampton in 2011.

The side were bottom of League Two at the time and Boothroyd guided them to safety, and the play-offs the next season, before being sacked in 2013 with the club once again last in the fourth tier.

"You can get stuck in a job and I was very much on a hamster's wheel in my previous jobs," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

"But this has reinvigorated me. I've watched games I could only have dreamed of, met people, been to World Cups and I feel like I've grown massively in the last three years."


If he's got the job who did they turn down?

Surely the U21 job should either be an ex player who's looking to move into coaching like Neville or Gerrard or a manager with a track record of youth player development like Warren Joyce or maybe someone who works in the Chelsea/Arsenal/Liverpool setups even Karl Robinson ex MK Dons.


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