England U21 manager Aidy Boothroyd

Under-21 European Championship: Young Lions look strong

England head to the Under-21 European Championship as joint favourites to win the title at 4/1.

Aidy Boothroyd takes a squad littered with Premier League stars to the 12-team tournament, which will be played in Italy and San Marino.

The likes of Crystal Palace defender Aaron Win-Bissaka, Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden, Leicester playmaker James Maddison and Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin will all be looking to fire the Young Lions to glory.

England went through qualifying unbeaten, finishing top of Group 4 by eight points, and have won the U21 Euros twice, in 1982 and 1984.

Boothroyd said: “This group have also won a lot at youth level and know the work and application that it takes.

“We’ll need that experience and winning mentality for the Euros. It’s always a really tough tournament and I think this year is as strong as it has ever been.

“It’s a great opportunity for our players to showcase their talents as individuals and as a team.

“This is a really strong squad and I’m really pleased with the group of players I’ve got who will be representing us at the Euros.

“We have a big pool of talent in the England set-up and I had some tough selection decisions to make as there’s a lot of strength in depth.

“We have a real mixture in terms of age and experience. We’ve got Tammy (Abraham), Demarai (Gray) and Angus (Gunn), who were part of the Euros squad in 2017, but also have nine players who are young enough to be eligible for the next qualifying campaign.”

France are 4/1 to win the tournament for a second time and have the likes of Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi and Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, formerly of Celtic, in their ranks.

Five-time champions Italy are sure to be a strong proposition on home soil and can be backed at 5/1 to triumph.

The Italians boast the talent of Lorenzo Pellegrini and Nicolo Barella, midfielders for Roma and Cagliari respectively, plus Fiorentina striker Federico Chiesa.

Spain, winners in 1986, 1998, 2011 and 2013, are 9/2 while defending champions Germany have drifted to 5/1.

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