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Boothroyd says England are becoming winners as he prepares for Under-21 European Championship tilt

Date Posted,June 15, 2017

Aidy Boothroyd has insisted “tide is turning” towards England being winners, writes Simon Bird from Kielce, Poland.

The U21 coach says his side are ready to emulate the success of the World Cup winning u20 side and the U17s who reached their Euro final.

England kick off their UEFA Euro Championship campaign against holders Sweden on Friday.

Boothroyd said: “The players are ready to end their U21 careers on a massive high.

“The tide is changing among the age group teams. We have had success and we want to prove ourselves against the best in Europe.”

Boothroyd’s men are looking to emulate the Under-20 team’s recent success (Photo: PA)

Sweden have been riled accusing England of refusing to exchange scouting videos of their build up games.

Their players say it was because England are scared of the Swedes and asked if that was true, Boothroyd said: “Yes, of course we are afraid. You have to have a bit of fear. We are not just going to turn up and win.

“As for preparations we have just concentrated on us. We can’t wait to get started.”

Chelsea kid Lewis Baker, who has spent two years on loan at Vitesse Arnhem, says he wants to take his chance in the spotlight.

Baker will be a key man for the Young Lions (Photo: PA)

Baker, who will start in midfield, said: “It is a great opportunity for exposure. I hope to play my best and open some eyes after two years abroad.”

Sweden coach Hakan Ericson said:”They have good organisation and had a good qualification, were unbeaten, and we saw them in their last two friendlies against Germany and Denmark,” he said.

“They had a problem against Germany and were very good against Denmark. Then they had a secret game against Iceland. We have some information but no pictures. We have the information we need.”

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