England vs Switzerland: U21s European Championships preview


ngland U21s begin their European Championship campaign against Switzerland in Slovenia tonight.

In a novel format, the tournament’s group and knockout stages are being played several months apart, with the former during the current international break and the latter at the end of the club season.

As well as Switzerland, England will face Portugal and Croatia in Group D, looking to improve on their showing from two years ago, when Aidy Boothroyd’s side were knocked out after taking only one point from their three group games.

Boothroyd again has a talented squad at his disposal, including the likes of Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tottenham loanee Oliver Skipp and Arsenal pair Eddie Nketiah and Emile Smith Rowe.

Date, kick-off time and venue

England U21 vs Switzerland U21 is scheduled for a 2pm GMT kick-off on Thursday, March 25, 2021.

The game will be played behind closed doors at the Bonifika Stadium in Koper, Slovenia because of current coronavirus restrictions.

How to watch

TV channel: The match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

Live stream: Subscribers can stream the match live online and on mobile via SkyGo.

England team news

Aidy Boothroyd was dealt a blow on the eve of the tournament as Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood was ruled out of the competition through injury.

Norwich City’s Todd Cantwell was called up in his place in the only alteration to Boothroyd’s original 23-man party.

England squad in full

Goalkeepers: Josef Bursik (Stoke City), Josh Griffiths (Cheltenham Town, loan from West Bromwich Albion), Aaron Ramsdale (Sheffield United)

Defenders: Max Aarons (Norwich City), Ben Godfrey (Everton), Marc Guehi (Swansea City, loan from Chelsea), Lloyd Kelly (AFC Bournemouth), Ryan Sessegnon (Hoffenheim, loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Steven Sessegnon (Bristol City, loan from Fulham), Japhet Tanganga (Tottenham Hotspur), Ben Wilmot (Watford)

Midfielders: Todd Cantwell (Norwich City), Tom Davies (Everton), Ebere Eze (Crystal Palace), Conor Gallagher (West Bromwich Albion, loan from Chelsea), Curtis Jones (Liverpool), Dwight McNeil (Burnley), Oliver Skipp (Norwich City, loan from Tottenham Hotspur)

Attackers: Rhian Brewster (Sheffield United), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea), Noni Madueke (PSV Eindhoven), Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal), Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal)

Prediction: England 2-0 Switzerland

After the disaster of two years ago, England know the importance of getting off to a good start and their quality should shine through here.

Betting odds and tips (subject to change)

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