England U21s vs France U21s: Under-21 Euros 2019 prediction, odds, live stream, channel, tickets, h2h
England begin their seventh successive European Under-21 Championship campaign against France at Cesena’s Stadio Dino Manuzzi on Tuesday night.
Aidy Boothroyd‘s Young Lions are considered among the favourites for the 12-team tournament being played across Italy and San Marino, though their impressive 18-match unbeaten streak was ended by a narrow defeat to defending champions Germany in March.
That was the only loss inflicted upon 2017 semi-finalists England – whose impressive squad features the likes of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Phil Foden, Ryan Sessegnon, Mason Mount, James Maddison and Tammy Abraham – in their last 20 matches and they will need to have their wits about them against a similarly-fancied French side spearheaded by Lyon frontman Moussa Dembele.
England, back-to-back winners in 1982 and 1984, also face Romania and Croatia in Group C over the next six days and Boothroyd has stressed the need for his players to make a fast start to the competition, with only group winners and the best runner-up advancing to the semi-finals.
“It is knockout football from day one,” he said.
“You don’t get the luxury of having a game to just assess things whether you win, lose or draw and then have the next game to accumulate some points.
“Whereas with this you are at it from the start. You know teams are going to need to attack to win the groups or claim the best runners-up spot. How does that change what we do?
“It doesn’t really because we look to play and win every single game. That’s what we’ve talked about. It isn’t going to be as easy as just saying that but we are looking to win the game.”
England team news and predicted line-up
England have the luxury of a fit squad to choose from and will be led by Jake Clarke-Salter after the Chelsea centre-back – who spent last season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem – was named tournament captain on Monday.
“It’s a massive honour for me to captain England at such a big tournament like this,” said Clarke-Salter.
“When I look at the players who have played in the U21 Euros, along with the quality of the squad we have now, it’s such a proud feeling to be named captain.
“It’s a big responsibility to lead the team and make sure we keep our standards as high as we expect them to be on and off the pitch.”
Goalkeepers: Angus Gunn (Southampton), Dean Henderson (Man Utd), Freddie Woodman (Newcastle)
Defenders: Jake Clarke-Salter (Chelsea), Jay Dasilva (Chelsea), Lloyd Kelly (Bournemouth), Jonjoe Kenny (Everton), Ezri Konsa (Brentford), Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace)
Midfielders: Harvey Barnes (Leicester), Hamza Choudhury (Leicester), Kieran Dowell (Everton), Phil Foden (Man City), Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolves), James Maddison (Leicester), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)
Forwards: Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Demarai Gray (Leicester), Reiss Nelson (Arsenal), Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth)
Score prediction: England U21 2-1 France U21
England to kick off their campaign with a narrow victory against a France side making their first finals appearance since 2006.
England U21 vs France U21 tickets
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Betting tips via Betfair | UK users only | Subject to change
- England to win: 17/10
- Draw: 9/4
- France to win: 13/8
First goalscorer odds
- Tammy Abraham: 4/1
- Moussa Dembele: 5/1
- Jean-Philippe Mateta: 5/1
- Marcus Thuram: 5/1
- Dominic Calvert-Lewin: 6/1
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TV channel and live stream, and online coverage
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports’ Football channel, and is available via Now TV with a day pass on offer for £8.99. Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via SkyGo and the SkyGo app.
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Head to head (h2h) history and results
England and France have claimed two wins apiece in six previous U21 meetings, with two draws.
This is their first competitive clash since France won a Euro Play-Off 3-2 on aggregate back in November 2005.
France also bested England in friendly matches in 2009 and 2014 before beating the same opposition in Bondoufle in 2016 thanks in no small part to a brace from Dembele.