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England U21s suffered wake-up call in defeat to Slovenia – boss Lee Carsley

Boss Lee Carsley admits his England Under-21s suffered a “wake-up call” after their record unbeaten run ended.The Young Lions suffered a first qualifying defeat in 11 years following a 2-1 loss to Slovenia in Huddersfield.It was the first time they had been beaten in qualification for 55 games – since losing 2-1 to Belgium in November 2011 – after Djed Spence’s early own goal and Mark Zabukovnik’s header.Cameron Archer pulled a goal back in injury time but the Young Lions, who have already reached Euro 2023 by winning Group G, were deservedly beaten.Carsley said: “We were slow, lethargic, our tempo...
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Lee Carsley wants England Under-21 players to keep improving

Boss Lee Carsley urged his England Under-21s to keep raising the bar after they thumped Kosovo.The Young Lions cruised to a 5-0 victory in Pristina on Friday with Cameron Archer grabbing a second-half brace.Keane Lewis-Potter’s first Under-21s goal, Anthony Gordon’s strike and Ilir Krasniqi’s own goal saw Carsley’s side extend their lead at the top of Group G to six points.It is a third straight win after victories over the Czech Republic and Albania, which sealed qualification for Euro 2023 on Tuesday.Carsley said: “The bar is constantly getting raised and it’s important you keep up, the players who played tonight...
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Lee Carsley full of praise as England Under-21s reach Euro 2023

Boss Lee Carsley praised his Young Lions after England Under-21s reached Euro 2023.Folarin Balogun’s brace and Cameron Archer’s strike sealed a 3-0 win over Albania in Chesterfield on Tuesday to book their spot at next year’s tournament in Georgia and Romania.The Young Lions cannot be overhauled by the Czech Republic at the top of Group G because of their superior head-to-head record, having beaten them twice.They are three points clear and have two games left – with the Czech Republic only having one against Andorra on Monday – with England clinching a ninth-straight tournament qualification.Carsley said: “I said it would...

Lee Carsley throws down gauntlet to England U21 players to reach Qatar World Cup

England Under-21s boss Lee Carsley has thrown down the gauntlet to his Young Lions to reach the World Cup.The head coach believes there is the chance to gatecrash Gareth Southgate’s squad for Qatar, with the tournament less than six months away.The youngsters have a chance to impress in their final Euro 2023 qualifiers this month, starting against Albania in Chesterfield on Tuesday.Emile Smith Rowe, Marc Guehi and Conor Gallagher were promoted to the seniors last season and Carsley knows it is not impossible for others to make a late fight for the squad.He said: “Definitely not. I think it’s down...

Under-21 boss Lee Carsley urges England to maintain push

England Under-21 boss Lee Carlsey vowed to keep attacking and wants more from his Young Lions despite a 4-1 win over Andorra.Folarin Balogun, Jacob Ramsey, Morgan Gibbs-White and Anthony Gordon eased the Young Lions to victory and ensured they made it 50 European qualification games unbeaten.Albert Rosas pulled a goal back mid-way through the second half but the Young Lions kept Group G leaders the Czech Republic in their sights.They are three points behind with two games in hand and Carsley has urged his side to find more killer instinct.He said: “We have to find a way of winning on...

England Under-21s can cope without Emile Smith Rowe, Lee Carsley claims

England Under-21s boss Lee Carsley has challenged his players to plug the gap left by Emile Smith Rowe.The Arsenal midfielder has been promoted to the senior squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino.He is now unavailable for the Young Lions’ Euro 2023 qualifier with the Czech Republic in Burnley on Thursday.Smith Rowe scored the winner in last month’s lacklustre 1-0 win in Andorra and Carsley expects others to step up.He said: “It’s where we are quite lucky, the next players who are waiting to come in and get a chance are very good as well.“Think of...