England Under-21s come from behind to see off Slovakia

Only the three group winners and best runners-up progress to the semi-finals, and Slovakia are already two points clear following their win over Poland, while England opened their campaign with a goalless draw against Sweden. But, when you get to this level, you have to be realistic that you can't win every single game.

England kept their hopes alive of reaching the knockout rounds of the 2017 UEFA European U21 Championship as they came back from 1-0 down to beat Slovakia 2-1 in Group A at the Kolporter Arena in Poland on Monday.

"But we have to win so I've got to pick the best team".

He had also warned his side that there were no "second chances" for the Young Lions, with the tournament format seeing only the victor of each three groups plus the best second-placed team going through to the semi-finals.

"It's great if I have any questions about players - Gareth can be my sounding board because he knows them all so well and was a victor with them in Toulon past year".

The Young Lions went behind midway through the first half when Martin Chrien looped a header over new Everton signing Jordan Pickford.

Against Sweden, Boothroyd went for a central midfield trio of captain James Ward-Prowse, Nathaniel Chalobah and Lewis Baker. "They played a massive part in our qualifying campaign to get us here".

"Sweden gave us problems which we dealt with". It was great to see him here, to show us there is a pathway for young English players.

While Ward-Prowse has been away Southampton sacked Claude Puel as manager but the midfielder is refusing to let the St Mary's uncertainty upset his plans with England.

"The formation he picked with Redmond being a bit closer to him, I'm not sure whether it really, really worked".

"Yeah I totally agree with Stuart, I thought he was brilliant", he said.

"I think the response of the players in the second half is the important thing", the manager said.

  • Zachary Reyes