England national under-21 football team


England national under-21 football team

European national under-21 football team
Name = England Under-21
Badge =
Nickname = Young Lions
Association = The Football Association
Coach = flagicon|England Stuart Pearce (2007-)
Captain = Steven Taylor
Most caps = James Milner (39)
Top scorer = Alan Shearer &
Francis Jeffers (13)
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First game = England U-21 0-0 Wales U-21
(Molineux, Wolverhampton; December 151976)
Largest win = England U-21 8-1 Finland U-21 (Boothferry Park, Hull; October 121977)
Largest loss = Romania U-21 4-0 England U-21 (Ploieşti, Romania; October 14, 1980) & England U-21 0-4 Spain U-21
(St Andrews, Birmingham; February 272001)

UEFAu21Champ apps = 10
UEFAu21Champ first = 1978
UEFAu21Champ best = Winners 1982, 1984

England's national Under-21 football team, also known as England Under-21s or England U21(s), is considered to be the feeder team for the England national football team.

This team is for English players aged 21 or under at the start of a two-year European Under-21 Football Championship campaign, so players can be, and often are, up to 23 years old. Also in existence are teams for Under-20s (for non-UEFA tournaments), Under-19s and Under 17s. As long as they are eligible, players can play at any level, making it possible to play for the U21s, senior side and again for the U21s, as Aaron Lennon, Micah Richards and Theo Walcott have done recently. It is also possible to play for one country at youth level and another at senior level (providing the player is eligible). Nigel Quashie is a current Scotland international and former England U21 player.

The U-21 team came into existence, following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions, in 1976. A goalless draw in a friendly against Wales at Wolves' Molineux Stadium was England U21s' first result.

England U21s do not have a permanent home. They play in stadia dotted all around England, in an attempt to encourage younger fans in all areas of the country to get behind England. Because of the smaller demand compared to the senior national team, smaller grounds can be used. The record attendance for an England U21 match was set on March 24 2007, when England U21 played Italy U21 in front of a crowd of just under 60,000 at the brand new Wembley Stadium, also a world record attendance for a U21 game. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/6490655.stm BBC News - Wembley opener attracts thousands] ] The match was one of the required two "ramp up" events the stadium hosted in order to gain its safety certificate in time for its full-capacity opening for the 2007 FA Cup Final in May. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/6441299.stm BBC News - Wembley game 'sold out' in hours] ] [ [http://www.guardian.co.uk/uklatest/story/0,,-6505159,00.html The Guardian - Early set-back on Wembley's big day] ]

Competition History

Players

Most Appearances - Top Ten

Because of the age restriction, a player can't be in the team for very long and the most promising young players spend little time, if any, with the U-21s before winning senior caps. James Milner currently holds the record for the most England Under-21 caps.

Note: Names in "italics" denote players that have been capped for the Senior team"Statistics up to and including Wales vs England May 152008."

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures

2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Qualification Group 3

Current table

Key:Pts Points, Pld Matches played, W Won, D Drawn, L Lost, GF Goals for, GA Goals against, GD Goal Difference

Matches

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date = 2007-06-05
time = 17:00 CEST
team1 = fbu-rt|21|BUL
score = 1 – 2
report = [http://www.uefa.com/competitions/under21/fixturesresults/round=15084/match=300333/index.html Report]
team2 = fbu|21|MNE
goals1 = Simovic goal|90+1|o.g.
goals2 = Vukčević goal|50
Jovetić goal|66
stadium = Balgarska Armiya, Sofia
attendance =
referee = Petteri Kari (Finland)
----footballbox
date = 2007-09-07
time = 20:45 CEST
team1 = fbu-rt|21|IRL
score = 0 – 2
report = [http://www.uefa.com/competitions/under21/fixturesresults/round=15084/match=300325/index.html Report]
team2 = fbu|21|POR
goals1 =
goals2 = Machado goal|7
Veloso goal|54
stadium = Turners Cross, Cork
attendance =
referee = Manuel Gräfe (Germany)
----footballbox
date = 2007-09-07
time = 20:45 CEST
team1 = fbu-rt|21|MNE
score = 0 – 3
report = [http://www.uefa.com/competitions/under21/fixturesresults/round=15084/match=300317/index.html Report]
team2 = fbu|21|ENG
goals1 =
goals2 = Onuoha goal|6
Agbonlahor goal|10
Surman goal|90
stadium = Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica
attendance =
referee = Mechalis Germanakos (Greece)
----footballbox
date = 2007-09-11
time = 18:00 CEST
team1 = fbu-rt|21|BUL
score = 0 – 2
report = [http://www.uefa.com/competitions/under21/fixturesresults/round=15084/match=300327/index.html Report]
team2 = fbu|21|ENG
goals1 =
goals2 = Huddlestone goal|25
Noble goal|32
stadium = Balgarska Armiya, Sofia
attendance =
referee = Fredy Fautrel (France)
----footballbox
date = 2007-09-11
time = 22:00 CEST
team1 = fbu-rt|21|POR
score = 4 – 0
report = [http://www.uefa.com/competitions/under21/fixturesresults/round=15084/match=300340/index.html Report]
team2 = fbu|21|MNE
goals1 = Moreira goal|18
Coelho goal|53
Fernandes goal|66 goal|89
goals2 =
stadium = CTFD PortoGaia, Portugal
attendance =
referee = Jan Jilek (Czech Republic)
----footballbox
date = 2007-10-12
time = 17:00 CEST
team1 = fbu-rt|21|BUL
score = 1 – 0
report = [http://www.uefa.com/competitions/under21/fixturesresults/round=15084/match=300324/index.html Report]
team2 = fbu|21|POR
goals1 = Domovchiyski goal|43|pen.
goals2 =
stadium = Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia
attendance =
referee = Meir Levi (Israel)
----footballbox
date = 2007-10-12
time = 20:45 CEST
team1 = fbu-rt|21|ENG
score = 1 – 0
report = [http://www.uefa.com/competitions/under21/fixturesresults/round=15084/match=300331/index.html Report]
team2 = fbu|21|MNE
goals1 = Derbyshire goal|20
goals2 =
stadium = Walkers Stadium, Leicester
attendance =
referee = Anders Hermansen (Denmark)
----footballbox
date = 2007-10-16
time = 19:00 CEST
team1 = fbu-rt|21|MNE
score = 1 – 2
report = [http://www.uefa.com/competitions/under21/fixturesresults/round=15084/match=300326/index.html Report]
team2 = fbu|21|POR
goals1 = Moreira goal|34|o.g.
goals2 = Soares goal|76
Targino goal|80
stadium = Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica
attendance =
referee = Joseph Attard (Malta)
----footballbox
date = 2007-10-16
time = 21:00 CEST
team1 = fbu-rt|21|IRL
score = 0 – 3
report = [http://www.uefa.com/competitions/under21/fixturesresults/round=15084/match=300328/index.html Report]
team2 = fbu|21|ENG
goals1 =
goals2 = Noble goal|10 goal|17
Milner goal|26
stadium = Turners Cross, Cork
attendance =
referee = Andrea De Marco (Italy)
----footballbox
date = 2007-11-16
time = 15:30 CEST
team1 = fbu-rt|21|MNE
score = 1 – 0
report = [http://www.uefa.com/competitions/under21/fixturesresults/round=15084/match=300320/index.html Report]
team2 = fbu|21|IRL
goals1 = Vujović goal|18
goals2 =
stadium = Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica
attendance =
referee = Fariz Yusifov (Azerbaijan)
----footballbox
date = 2007-11-16
time = 19:00 CEST
team1 = fbu-rt|21|ENG
score = 2 – 0
report = [http://www.uefa.com/competitions/under21/fixturesresults/round=15084/match=300329/index.html Report]
team2 = fbu|21|BUL
goals1 = Agbonlahor goal|41
Milner goal|82|pen.
goals2 =
stadium = , Milton Keynes
attendance =
referee = Luc Wouters (Belgium)
----footballbox
date = 2007-11-20
time = 20:00 CEST
team1 = fbu-rt|21|IRL
score = 1 – 0
report = [http://www.uefa.com/competitions/under21/fixturesresults/round=15084/match=300318/index.html Report]
team2 = fbu|21|BUL
goals1 = O'Toole goal|90+3
goals2 =
stadium = Lissywoollen Stadium, Athlone
attendance =
referee = Jérôme Laperrière (Switzerland)
----footballbox
date = 2007-11-20
time = 22:00 CEST
team1 = fbu-rt|21|POR
score = 1 – 1
report = [http://www.uefa.com/competitions/under21/fixturesresults/round=15084/match=300337/index.html Report]
team2 = fbu|21|ENG
goals1 = Machado goal|3|pen.
goals2 = Johnson goal|49
stadium = Estádio Municipal de Águeda, Agueda
attendance =
referee = Istvan Vad (Hungary)
----footballbox
date = 2008-02-05
time = 20:45 CEST
team1 = fbu-rt|21|ENG
score = 3 – 0
report = [http://www.uefa.com/competitions/under21/fixturesresults/round=15084/match=300330/index.html Report]
team2 = fbu|21|IRL
goals1 = O'Halloran goal|59|o.g.
Milner goal|68
Walcott goal|78
goals2 =
stadium = St Mary's Stadium, Southampton
attendance =
referee = Jouni Hyytiä (Finland)
----footballbox
date = 2008-03-25
time = 20:30 CEST
team1 = fbu-rt|21|IRL
score = 1 – 1
report = [http://www.uefa.com/competitions/under21/fixturesresults/round=15084/match=300334/index.html Report]
team2 = fbu|21|MNE
goals1 = Keogh goal|72
goals2 = Bojovic goal|68
stadium = Terryland Park, Galway
attendance =
referee = Yuriy Moseychuk (Ukraine)
----footballbox
date = 2008-03-26
time = 18:15 CEST
team1 = fbu-rt|21|POR
score = 2 – 0
report = [http://www.uefa.com/competitions/under21/fixturesresults/round=15084/match=300338/index.html Report]
team2 = fbu|21|BUL
goals1 = Moreira goal|65
Saleiro goal|68
goals2 =
stadium = Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimarães
attendance =
referee =
----footballbox
date = 2008-09-05
time = 17:30 CEST
team1 = fbu-rt|21|BUL
score = 2 – 0
report = [http://www.uefa.com/competitions/under21/fixturesresults/round=15084/match=300332/index.html Report]
team2 = fbu|21|IRL
goals1 = Kurdov goal|45
Tsvetanov goal|77
goals2 =
stadium = Georgi Asparuhov Stadium, Sofia
attendance =
referee = Marco Borg (Malta)
----footballbox
date = 2008-09-05
time = 20:45 CEST
team1 = fbu-rt|21|ENG
score = 2 – 0
report = [http://www.uefa.com/competitions/under21/fixturesresults/round=15084/match=300323/index.html Report]
team2 = fbu|21|POR
goals1 = Milner goal|44|pen.
Agbonlahor goal|63
goals2 =
stadium = Wembley Stadium, London
attendance =
referee = Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
----footballbox
date = 2008-09-09
time = 16:00 UTC+2
team1 = fbu-rt|21|MNE
score = 0 – 0
report = [http://www.uefa.com/competitions/under21/fixturesresults/round=15084/match=300319/index.html Report]
team2 = fbu|21|BUL
goals1 =
goals2 =
stadium = Stadion Gradski, Nikšić
attendance =
referee = Svein-Erik Edvartsen (Norway)
----footballbox
date = 2008-09-09
time = 18:00 UTC+1
team1 = fbu-rt|21|POR
score = 2 – 2
report = [http://www.uefa.com/competitions/under21/fixturesresults/round=15084/match=300339/index.html Report]
team2 = fbu|21|IRL
goals1 = Vaz Té goal|38
Fernandes goal|45+
goals2 = Garvan goal|50
Garvan goal|65
stadium = Estádio dos Barreiros, Funchal
attendance =
referee = Jérome Efong Nzolo (Belgium)
----

Play-off

footballbox
date = 2008-10-09
time = 20:45 CEST
team1 = fbu-rt|21|WAL
score = 2-3
report =
team2 = fbu-rt|21|ENG
goals1 =
goals2 = David Wheater
stadium = Ninian Park, Cardiff
attendance =
referee =
----footballbox
date = 2008-10-14
time = 20:45 CEST
team1 = fbu-rt|21|ENG
score = vs
report =
team2 = fbu-rt|21|WAL
goals1 =
goals2 =
stadium = Villa Park, Birmingham
attendance =
referee =

Friendlies

Recent Friendlies

----footballbox
date = August 212007
20:45 CEST
team1 = fbu|21|ENG
score = 1 - 1
team2 = fbu|21|ROU
goals1 = Derbyshire goal|8

goals2 = Stancu goal|25
stadium = Ashton Gate, Bristol
referee =
report =

----footballbox
date = March 252008
20:00 CEST
team1 = fbu|21|ENG
score = 0 - 0
team2 = fbu|21|POL
goals1 =
goals2 =
stadium = Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton
referee = Kevin Blom flagicon|NED
report =

----footballbox
date = May 152008
20.30 CEST
team1 = fbu|21|WAL
score = 0 - 2
team2 = fbu|21|ENG
goals1 =
goals2 = Huddlestone goal|19 pen
Walcott goal|25
stadium =
referee =
report =

----footballbox
date = August 192008
20.45 CEST
team1 = fbu|21|ENG
score = 2 - 1
team2 = fbu|21|SLO
goals1 = Richards goal|25
Milner goal|35
goals2 =
stadium = KC Stadium, Hull
referee =
report =
----

Future Friendlies

----footballbox
date = March 272009

team1 = fbu|21|NOR
score = 0
team2 = fbu|21|ENG
goals1 =
goals2 =
stadium =
referee =
report =
----ə

References

See also

* European Under-21 Football Championship
* England's European Under-21 Football Championship Record
* England (Senior) team
* England Under-19

External links

* [http://www.thefa.com/England/U21s Official FA England Under-21 website] Contains listings of current England U-21 players.
* [http://www.uefa.com/competitions/Under21 Uefa Under-21 website] Contains full results archive
* [http://www.rsssf.com/tablese/europe-u21.html The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation] Contains full record of U-21 Championship hosts and additional statistics, such as the Group Winners table for the 1998 qualifiers.


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