Football: England name strong squad for Under 21 European Championship


Tottenham striker Harry Kane is the star in the England squad for the 2015 European Under-21 Championship, which takes place in the Czech Republic between 17 and 30 June. West Brom striker Saido Berahino and Burnley forward Danny Ings were also included, but Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw was left out after an injury-plagued season. The England Under 21 team, managed by former player Gareth Southgate, have won 13 of their last 14 matches.

Kane, aged 21, scored six times in eight qualifying games. He has also earned his first senior cap in March when he scored after coming off the bench against Lithuania. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino didn't want him to be selected for the Under 21 side because it disrupts his schedule at the club. "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."

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling and Manchester United defender Phil Jones were also eligible to play in the competition, but were not selected. "With the guys that have been up with Roy Hodgson in the senior squad 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 are 4.50 at Bet365 to win the Under 21 European Championship while Germany are the favourites at 3.25.


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  • Macedonia seculla

    20/5/15

    England always had one of the best Under 21 squad, but I'll get the right to say that this squad is the best that they ever had, at least this almost 20 years. If you see the names you'll see many key players who plays in great teams in England. But it's expected from England to have one of the best young players because as the history says, England is the "mother" of the football.

  • Bulgaria sharpe

    20/5/15

    The English team for this championship will be very strong, especially up front when Kane and Berahino are monsters in front of goal and that couple could easily be at the top of the attack on the first team. Obviously the FA wants that title and there are many class young English players in the Premier league and the Championship right now so England's first team should be back where he belongs sooner or later- at the top. Amen.

  • Alexa Alexa

    20/5/15

    I am not so sure about England team.Harry Kane is fantastic talent,he will be one of the best strikers in next decade,no doubt.Problem is in the fact that England has very small number of super talented players,when you know that they have very much registered players.I would agree with bet365 that Germans are the favourites.It is proof that they are doing the best work with young talents.

  • Romania galata86

    21/5/15

    Definitely, this team could be much stronger with Oxlade, Rahim and Shaw, but they were not included. Kane is a very good striker, and he have a good season behind him, but he was not enough. England national team can have a nice future with this guys. I agree with Alexa about favorite for win this championship, and this is Germany.

  • Serbia rikimartin4444

    21/5/15

    This is very good squad. England have great young players especially attackers. Harry Kane, Danny Ings and Saido Berahino are players that scored lot of goals this season in Premier league. I agree with Southgate about players from senior squad. Better for them is to play in senior team. England U21 is one of the favorite to win this championship, but I think Italy U21 is the biggest favorite.

  • Serbia h34dhunt3r

    22/5/15

    This generation of England youngers shouldn't be taken for granted as they did in last decade. Finally they have strong lineup with players that have all potential to be future of England squad. If they threat them well, in both clubs and national team, they can rise and finally do something worth of a notice in both World Cup and European Championship. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane are one of most talented players in the world and focus should be on them.

  • The Netherlands Johnajax

    26/5/15

    This generation of youth players is great for England but I must say that they was always had great young teams but when that players goes in the first team they are not so good. I won't be surprised if England U21 team win European championship but that doesn't mean that they will have great firs team in the future...

  • United Kingdom panettone0

    18/7/15

    Interesting to hear all these comments about England from all over Europe. In my opinion, it does not matter how many young players are coming up that are better than the last generation. With new TV rights to show live Premier games, there is a lot of money flying about which will mean better world class players around the globe will be rushing here. Hence England does not have a chance at any level when playing. Example - Frank Lampard, Puts on a Chelsea shirt and he is God. Due to the talent around him. Put him in a England shirt, he is a lost puppy and can not step up because he does not have the insurance of quality players like Chelsea

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