No room for error as England U-21s target European semi-final

Lynette Rowe
June 19, 2017

He added: "When you play against a team who sits as deep as they do, that's where the space on the pitch is".

"It's not a nice feeling when you don't reach the level that you should do and the team and the way that we were playing two years ago we should have gone on further. But that gives us all an incentive". But we have to beat the Slovakians first, who have had a brilliant start.

"It's really helpful having them here".

"He's been around and spoken to us, pulled us aside individually and seen how we are, and it's great to have him and Steve (Holland, assistant) around, " said the Southampton man.

"He wants to show us support and give us that confidence".

"We didn't play anywhere near as well as we can [against Sweden]".

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"No matter how good a player you are, just to get settled in was important for us".

With only the three group winners, and best runner-up, progressing, Aidy Boothroyd's side have very little margin for error against the group A leaders, and Slovakia boast substantial quality in Sampdoria's centre back, Milan Skriniar, and Nordsjaelland's midfield player, Stanislav Lobotka.

The Young Lions boss has been getting advice from his predecessor and senior chief ahead of his kids' "must-win" clash with Slovakia.

"It seems to happen every summer (that Southampton lose their manager) but that is the way football is sometimes", said Ward-Prowse. "It's great if I have any questions about players Gareth can be my sounding board because he knows them all so well and was with them in Toulon". "Win two games. We've got Slovakia and then the hosts Thursday in front of a packed house", Pickford said. Gareth's been positive, we are close anyway.

"(Lewis) Baker, (James) Ward-Prowse, (Jacob) Murphy are all very good at that, but we couldn't find the room to do that.

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