Tammy Abraham praised after England Under-21s beat Slovakia 2-1

  • Tammy Abraham praised after England Under-21s beat Slovakia 2-1

Tammy Abraham praised after England Under-21s beat Slovakia 2-1

The Young Lions were held to a draw by Sweden in their opening game on Friday, whilst Slovakia top the group following a 2-1 win over hosts Poland.

The victor of each of the three groups qualifies automatically, with the best second-placed team also going through.

However, Alfie Mawson and Nathan Redmond responded in the second half as England picked up their first win of the tournament to put themselves in control of Group A with one game remaining.

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.

"They have had a brilliant start. They're a good team".

"I thought in the first half we had lots of possession, we controlled long periods but we didn't really hurt them apart from a few long shots and a couple of crosses".

'We have to go full-pelt for every game but at the same time because of the squad we've got I've got to think about using everyone that's in it'.

Senior boss Gareth Southgate, assistant Steve Holland and technical director Dan Ashworth are all in Kielce after arriving for the Sweden game on Friday. Gareth's been positive, we are close anyway.

"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 with them in Toulon".

Against Sweden, Boothroyd went for a central midfield trio of captain James Ward-Prowse, Nathaniel Chalobah and Lewis Baker.

The Young Lions went behind midway through the first half when Martin Chrien looped a header over new Everton signing Jordan Pickford. What we're good at is getting it off the lines and playing in pockets.

"I have got nothing but thanks for him".

"The tournament is the main priority, as I said. The club and the players have shown that we can cope with managers and players going".