England’s senior men’s side will not be involved in a tournament until the World Cup in Russia in 2018. In the meantime, there are other England tournaments to keep fans entertained this summer. England will be competing in the European U21 Championships as well as the UEFA Women’s Euro. Here is an overview of what to expect from both tournaments.

European U21 Championship 2017

When and where is it?

The European U21 Championship begins on the 16th of June and concludes on the 30th of June. The tournament takes place in Poland.

Which group are England in and who are their opponents?

England are in Group A with hosts Poland, Slovakia and Sweden. The Young Lions will play Sweden on the 16th, Slovakia on the 19th and Poland on the 22nd. There are three groups in total and the tournament will contain an expanded field of 12 teams, rising from the eight that have competed at every edition since 2000.

Is it on TV?

Yes. The European U21 Championship will be live on Sky Sports as part of its biggest ever summer of sport.

How did they do last time?

In 2015, England failed to make it out of the group stages of the European U21 Championship after losing two out of three matches. They were in a group with Portugal, Sweden and Italy. The only victory was against Sweden, the eventual winners of the tournament.

Can they win it?

Maybe. England’s Under 21s have come on leaps and bounds since the last tournament and with so many talented youngsters in the Premier League and the Championship, manager Aidy Boothroyd is going to have a selection headache when it comes to choosing his squad. The Under 21s should definitely progress from the group stage and hopefully the experience they have acquired over the last two years will stand them in good stead throughout the tournament.

The manager

Aidy Boothroyd was appointed England Under-21 manager in February this year so this will be his first tournament with his new team. He was the Under-20 manager but stepped up a level after Gareth Southgate vacated the position to become England manager.

UEFA Women’s Euro 2017

When and where is it?

The UEFA Women’s Euro starts on the 16th of July and finishes on the 6th of August. The tournament takes place in the Netherlands.

Which group are England in and who are their opponents?

England are in Group D with Scotland, Spain and Portugal. The Lionesses will play Scotland on the 19th, Spain on the 23rd and Portugal on the 27th. There are four groups in total and this is the first final tournament to involve an increased 16 teams.

Is it on TV?

Yes. Channel 4 has won the exclusive free to air UK television rights to show all England and Scotland football matches at the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017.

How did they do last time?

In 2013, England were eliminated in the group stages after failing to win a match. They were beaten by Spain and France and drew with Russia, their worst performance at a European Championship since 2001.

Can they win it?

Yes. England are one of the favourites for a reason, they are going to win it. Their squad was announced in April and only contains four new players so they are a tight knit group, something that will be advantageous throughout the tournament. The Lionesses came third in the Women’s World Cup in 2015 and are currently ranked 4th in the women’s rankings.

The manager

This will be Mark Sampson’s second major tournament in charge of England Women. He was appointed England head coach in 2013 following Hope Powell’s dismissal. After England’s success at the Women’s World Cup in 2015, Mark Sampson is extremely confident that his side can do even better this time and win the UEFA Women’s Euros.

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