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Boothroyd warns Young Lions Slovakia clash is must-win

Date Posted,June 18, 2017

Aidy Boothroyd has warned England U21s that only win will do against Slovakia on Monday.

The head coach is considering shaking up his attackers after just one shot on target during a 0-0 draw with Sweden.

Boothroyd admits that stalemate had piled the pressure on England with only group winners progressing to the semi final.

Slovakia beat hosts Poland on Friday with a slick attacking show that means England have to “fully respect” their opponents.

Boothroyd said: “We have got to win. And win the next one after that (against Poland).

Abraham and England fired a blank against Sweden (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
The Young Lions are bidding for their first win of the tournament against Slovakia (Photo: PA Wire)

“We have to beat Slovakia first. They have had a brilliant start with a win. It will be very difficult and we respect the team they are.

“It is a tournament where there is no grace given. You have to top the group and it puts pressure on from the start.

“We might have to be tactically different going forward. I have to thing about using everyone in the squad. And we have to win.”

Boothroyd could reshuffle his forwards to create more chances after a shot shy opener.

Jordan Pickford was the hero against Sweden with this late penalty save (Photo: Getty)

He added: “With the squad we have picked, the depth and quality means players feel they are unlucky not to start in the first game.

“I have decisions to make about mixing it up and freshening it. We didn’t play as well as we can. We didn’t lose and we are on the board.

“I have a team in my mind and sleep on it, and tell them in the morning.”

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