Jun 19, 2017 at 5pm UK at ​Kolporter Arena
Slovakia U21sSlovakia Under-21s
1-2
England U21sEngland Under-21s
Chrien (23')
Bero (13'), Mazan (65')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Mawson (50'), Redmond (61')
Ward-Prowse (27'), Murphy (86'), Baker (94')

Aidy Boothroyd praises England Under-21 players after edging to victory

Boothroyd praises England U21 players
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England Under-21s manager Aidy Boothroyd praises his players for their second-half display against Slovakia at the European Championships in Poland.

England Under-21s manager Aidy Boothroyd has paid credit to his players after they earned a victory over Slovakia in the European Championships in Poland this evening.

It was not a comfortable 2-1 triumph for the Three Lions, but a pivotal one as they kept alive their hopes of reaching the knockout rounds.

It was a difficult first half for the team as they conceded to Martin Chrien's header, but after the break, England showed glimpses of promise as Alfie Mawson found the equaliser and Nathan Redmond clinched the winner.

"I wasn't [worried] because I work with these lads and know the quality they've got," Boothroyd told talkSPORT. "I think it was about composure over the occasion. Ninety per cent of the stadium was Slovakian, that made it a great atmosphere, but it was certainly partisan and we had to deal with that and be even more composed.

"I thought throughout the game we controlled it, we stopped them and gave them problems, dealt with their big player - [Stanislav] Lobotka - stopped him playing. But when we got on the ball I thought we moved it well, and it was just the final pass, the final cross that we didn't have.

"In the second half we created a lot more chances and freed up the front two players who I thought were excellent, and we gave ourselves a chance of winning it, and thankfully we did."

England's final Group A game will be against Poland.

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