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England Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Young Lions
Association The Football Association
Head coach England Stuart Pearce (2007-)
Most caps James Milner (46)
Top scorer Alan Shearer &
Francis Jeffers (13)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
England England U-21 0-0 Wales U-21 Wales
(Molineux, Wolverhampton; 15 December 1976)
Biggest win
England England U-21 8-1 Finland U-21 Finland
(Boothferry Park, Hull; 12 October 1977)
England England U-21 7-0 Azerbaijan U-21 Azerbaijan
(stadium:mk, Milton Keynes; 9 June 2009)
Biggest defeat
Romania Romania U-21 4-0 England U-21 England
(Ploieşti, Romania; 14 October 1980)
England England U-21 0-4 Spain U-21 Spain
(St Andrews, Birmingham; 27 February 2001)
Germany Germany U-21 4-0 England U-21 England
(Malmö New Stadium, Malmö; 29 June 2009)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 10 (First in 1978)
Best result 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 former (2004-2006) 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 24 March 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.[1] 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.[2][3]


Competition History

Year Progress
1978 Semi Final
1980 Semi Final
1982 Champions
1984 Champions
1986 Semi Final
1988 Semi Final
1990 Failed to qualify
1992 Failed to qualify
1994 Failed to qualify
1996 Failed to qualify
1998 Failed to qualify
2000 Group Stage
2002 Group Stage
2004 Failed to qualify
2006 Failed to qualify
2007 Semi Final
2009 Final

As a European U21 team, England compete for the European Championship, with the finals every odd-numbered year, formerly even-numbered years. There is no Under-21 World Cup, although there is an Under-20 World Cup. For the first six (1978–1988) European Under-21 Football Championships, England did well, getting knocked out in the semi-finals on four occasions and winning the competition in 1982 and 1984. Then, as one might expect with a rapid turnover of players, followed a lean period.

After losing to France in the 1988 semi final, England then failed to qualify for the last eight for five whole campaigns. In the qualifying stages for the 1998 tournament, England won their group, but fate was not on their side. Because there were nine groups, and only eight places, the two group-winning nations with worst records had to play-off to eliminate one of them. England lost the away leg of this extra qualifying round and were eliminated on away goals to Greece. In effect, England finished ninth in the competition despite losing only one of their ten matches.

England qualified for the 2000 finals comfortably. Under the 1996-appointed Peter Taylor England won every match without conceding a goal. But with 3 matches to play, Taylor was replaced in a controversial manner by Howard Wilkinson, who won the next two matches. The three goals conceded in the 3-1 defeat to group runners-up Poland were the only blemish on the team's qualifying record. England got knocked out in the group stage of the European Championship finals in 2000 under Wilkinson.

After enlisting former international star David Platt as manager, England qualified for the 2002 tournament in Switzerland. Again England did poorly in the group stage. Platt's England failed to qualify for the 2004 tournament and he was replaced by the returning Peter Taylor. Taylor's England qualified from the group but lost to a strong France team in a two-legged playoff and failed to qualify for the 2006 tournament.

The next campaign started shortly after the 2006 finals - the qualification stage of the 2007 competition. UEFA decided to shift the tournament forward to avoid a clash with senior tournaments taking place in even-numbered years. The qualification stage was heavily reduced, being completed in a year's less time. In a 3-team qualification group, England qualified over Switzerland and Moldova, and then won a two-legged play-off with Germany to qualify for the finals to be held in the Netherlands. At the tournament, England progressed through to the semi-finals where they led for the majority of the match against the hosts. However, after a late equaliser and a marathon penalty shootout, England were eliminated.

In 2009, England finished as runners-up, losing 4-0 to Germany in the final.

Note: The year of the tournament represents the year in which it ends.

Coaching Staff


Head coach

Tenure Head Coach/Manager
1977–1990 England Dave Sexton
1990–1993 England Lawrie McMenemy
1994–1996 England Dave Sexton
1996–1999 England Peter Taylor
1999 England Peter Reid
1999–2001 England Howard Wilkinson
2001–2004 England David Platt
2004–2007 England Peter Taylor
2007- England Stuart Pearce

The original and most successful coach is Dave Sexton, who led the U21s from 1977 to 1990. In this period he combined his duties with managing the top-flight clubs Manchester United (1977–1981) and Coventry City (1981–1983). After Coventry he took a position within the FA as their first Technical Director, at Lilleshall. He handed over U21 responsibilities to England manager Graham Taylor's assistant Lawrie McMenemy for three years before resuming control from 1994 to 1996.

Peter Taylor took over in 1996, and although never winning the tournament, his teams had an excellent record. He was controversially removed from the position in early 1999 however, and replaced initially by Peter Reid, who resigned after just one match in charge to dedicate more time to his other job as manager of Sunderland. Howard Wilkinson took over afterwards, yet could only produce four wins in ten competitive matches and quit after a year and a half in charge. David Platt was in charge from 2001 to 2004, but had little success before Taylor's return. Taylor left in January 2007, as the senior national manager Steve McClaren wanted the U21s to have a full-time manager. Taylor, at the time was combining his duties with his role as Crystal Palace boss.

On 1 February 2007, Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce was appointed as head coach on a part-time basis until after the European Championships in the summer of 2007. Nigel Pearson, Newcastle United's assistant manager, agreed to become Pearce's assistant. Their first match in charge was a 2-2 draw against Spain on 6 February 2007 at Derby County's Pride Park Stadium.

For the match against Italy Nigel Pearson took charge as Stuart Pearce had club commitments. Steve Wigley assisted Pearson.

Pearce was dismissed as Manchester City manager on 14 May 2007, before the 2007 European Championships, but on 19 July 2007 he was named full-time U21s coach.[4] His contract was extended in the summer of 2009.

Other staff

Assistant Coach England Steve Wigley
Coach England Brian Eastick
Goalkeeping Coach Wales Martin Thomas
Physiotherapists England Dave Galley
England Mike Healy
Doctor England Dr. Mark Waller
Masseur England Paul Small
Exercise Scientist England Gary Phillips
Video Analyst England Steve O'Brien
Kit Manager England Mark Simkin


The most caps

Rank Player Club(s) U-21 Caps
1 James Milner Leeds United, Newcastle United, Aston Villa 46
2 Tom Huddlestone Derby County, Tottenham Hotspur 33
=3 Scott Carson Leeds United, Liverpool 29
=3 Steven Taylor Newcastle United 29
=5 Jamie Carragher Liverpool 27
=5 Gareth Barry Aston Villa 27
7 David Prutton Nottingham Forest, Southampton 25
=8 Jermaine Pennant Arsenal 24
=8 Fabrice Muamba Birmingham City, Bolton Wanderers 24
=10 Jermain Defoe West Ham United 23
=10 Nigel Reo-Coker West Ham United, Aston Villa 23

Note: Club(s) represents the permanent clubs during the player's time in the Under-21s. Those players in bold are still eligible to play for the team at the moment.

Statistics up to and including England vs Lithuania, 17 November 2009.

The most goals

Rank Player Club(s) U-21 Goals
=1 Alan Shearer Southampton 13
=1 Francis Jeffers Everton, Arsenal 13
=3 Frank Lampard West Ham United 9
=3 Darren Bent Ipswich Town, Charlton Athletic 9
=3 James Milner Leeds United, Newcastle United, Aston Villa 9
=6 Mark Hateley Coventry City, Portsmouth 8
=6 Carl Cort Wimbledon 8
=8 Mark Robins Manchester United 7
=8 Shola Ameobi Newcastle United 7
=8 Jermain Defoe West Ham United 7

Note: Club(s) represents the permanent clubs during the player's time in the Under-21s. Those players in bold are still eligible to play for the team at the moment.

Statistics up to and including England vs Spain, 18 June 2009.

Current squad

Players born in or after 1988 are eligible for the next UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.

The following players were named in the squad for the European Under-21 Championship qualifiers against Portugal on 14 November and Lithuania on 17 November 2009.[5]

Name DOB Club Caps (goals)
Scott Loach 27 May 1988 (1988-05-27) (age 21) England Watford 11 (0)
Frank Fielding 4 April 1988 (1988-04-04) (age 21) England Blackburn Rovers 2 (0)
Alex McCarthy 3 December 1989 (1989-12-03) (age 20) England Yeovil Town 0 (0)
Michael Mancienne 8 January 1988 (1988-01-08) (age 22) England Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 (1)
Kieran Gibbs 26 September 1989 (1989-09-26) (age 20) England Arsenal 14 (3)
Micah Richards 24 June 1988 (1988-06-24) (age 21) England Manchester City 13 (3)
Kyle Naughton 11 November 1988 (1988-11-11) (age 21) England Tottenham Hotspur 6 (0)
Ryan Bertrand 5 August 1989 (1989-08-05) (age 20) England Reading 4 (0)
Chris Smalling 22 November 1989 (1989-11-22) (age 20) England Fulham 3 (0)
Ciaran Clark 26 September 1989 (1989-09-26) (age 20) England Aston Villa 0 (0)
Kyle Walker 28 May 1990 (1990-05-28) (age 19) England Sheffield United 0 (0)
Fabrice Muamba 6 April 1988 (1988-04-06) (age 21) England Bolton Wanderers 24 (0)
Danny Rose 2 July 1990 (1990-07-02) (age 19) England Tottenham Hotspur 8 (1)
Tom Cleverley 12 August 1989 (1989-08-12) (age 20) England Watford 5 (0)
Fabian Delph 21 November 1989 (1989-11-21) (age 20) England Aston Villa 4 (0)
Jack Cork 25 June 1989 (1989-06-25) (age 20) England Coventry City 3 (0)
Dan Gosling 2 February 1990 (1990-02-02) (age 19) England Everton 1 (0)
Henri Lansbury 12 October 1990 (1990-10-12) (age 19) England Watford 1 (0)
Andy Carroll 6 January 1989 (1989-01-06) (age 21) England Newcastle United 4 (2)
Daniel Sturridge 1 September 1989 (1989-09-01) (age 20) England Chelsea 4 (1)
Zavon Hines 27 December 1988 (1988-12-27) (age 21) England West Ham United 2 (2)

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the England under-21 squad and remain eligible:

Name DOB Club Caps (goals) Most recent call-up
James Tomkins 23 September 1989 (1989-09-23) (age 20) England West Ham United 7 (0) v  Portugal, 14 November 2009
Sam Hutchinson 3 August 1989 (1989-08-03) (age 20) England Chelsea 0 (0) v  Macedonia, 9 October 2009
Miles Addison 7 January 1989 (1989-01-07) (age 21) England Derby County 1 (0) v  Macedonia, 4 September 2009
Joe Mattock 15 May 1990 (1990-05-15) (age 19) England West Bromwich Albion 4 (0) v  Poland, 25 March 2008
Jack Rodwell 11 March 1991 (1991-03-11) (age 18) England Everton 10 (2) v  Portugal, 14 November 2009
Michael Johnson 24 February 1988 (1988-02-24) (age 21) England Manchester City 2 (0) v  Portugal, 14 November 2009
Junior Stanislas 26 November 1989 (1989-11-26) (age 20) England West Ham United 2 (0) v  Portugal, 14 November 2009
Lee Cattermole 21 March 1988 (1988-03-21) (age 21) England Sunderland 15 (3) v  Macedonia, 9 October 2009
Jack Wilshere 1 January 1992 (1992-01-01) (age 18) England Arsenal 4 (0) v  Macedonia, 9 October 2009
Mark Davies 18 February 1988 (1988-02-18) (age 21) England Bolton Wanderers 0 (0) v  Ecuador, 16 February 2009
Adam Lallana 10 May 1988 (1988-05-10) (age 21) England Southampton 1 (0) v  Czech Republic, 18 November 2008
Danny Welbeck 26 November 1990 (1990-11-26) (age 19) England Manchester United 4 (0) v  Portugal, 14 November 2009
Theo Walcott 16 March 1989 (1989-03-16) (age 20) England Arsenal 21 (6) v  Macedonia, 9 October 2009
James Vaughan 4 July 1988 (1988-07-04) (age 21) England Everton 3 (0) v  Macedonia, 4 September 2009
Freddie Sears 27 November 1989 (1989-11-27) (age 20) England Crystal Palace 3 (1) v  Macedonia, 4 September 2009

Note: Names in italics denote players that have been capped for the Senior team

Results and fixtures 2009–2011

2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Qualification Group 9

Current table

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Greece 6 4 1 1 9 5 +4 13
 England 5 3 2 0 10 5 +5 11
 Portugal 5 2 1 2 8 6 +2 7
 Lithuania 6 1 2 3 3 7 −4 5
 Macedonia 6 0 2 4 7 14 −7 2

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


4 September 2009
15:30 UTC+2
Macedonia  1 – 2  England Goce Delčev Stadium, Prilep, Republic of Macedonia
Referee: Hubert Siejewicz
Ibraimi Goal 34' Report Sears Goal 68'
Cattermole Goal 82' (pen.)

8 September 2009
19:00 UTC+3
Greece  1 – 1  England Asteras Tripolis Stadium, Tripoli, Greece
Referee: Mauro Bergonzi
Ninis Goal 41' Report Sturridge Goal 5'

9 October 2009
19:45 UTC+1
England  6 – 3  Macedonia Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England
Attendance: 20,047
Referee: Fredy Fautrel
Gibbs Goal 22'
Richards Goal 30'
Carroll Goal 54'87'
Hines Goal 67'90'
Report Muarem Goal 42'
Ibraimi Goal 53'
Gibbs Goal 58' (o.g.)

14 November 2009
12:30 UTC
England  1 – 0  Portugal Wembley Stadium, London, England
Attendance: 33,833
Referee: Thorsten Kinhöfer
Rose Goal 40' Report

17 November 2009
18:00 UTC+2
Lithuania  0 – 0  England Vėtra Stadium, Vilnius, Lithuania
Referee: Jiri Jech

3 March 2010
England  v  Greece TBD, England
Referee: TBD

3 September 2010
Portugal  v  England TBD, Portugal
Referee: TBD

7 September 2010
England  v  Lithuania TBD, England
Referee: TBD


11 August 2009
19:30 UTC+1
Netherlands  0 – 0  England Euroborg Stadion, Groningen, Netherlands
Referee: Babak Rafati

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