Saints' Young Lions set for action

By SFC Media Mon 19 Jun International
Photo by Reuters | James Ward-Prowse

Southampton’s quartet of Young Lions could be in action later today, as England face their second match of the Under-21 European Championship finals.

Aidy Boothroyd’s team drew 0-0 with Sweden in their opening fixture last week, as Jordan Pickford’s penalty save preserved a point.

Their attention now turns to this evening’s encounter with Slovakia (5pm BST), who top the group after a 2-1 win over hosts Poland in their first game.

James Ward-Prowse, who is the Under-21s captain, and Nathan Redmond both played the full game against Sweden, while Jack Stephens and Matt Targett were unused substitutes.

Boothroyd, who has no fitness concerns for the game, said: “We’ve got to win and then win the next one after that, but we need to beat the Slovakians first and they’ve had a brilliant start.

“They have a very good team, I’ve been impressed with them and they had a really good game with Poland.

“It’s a tournament where there’s no grace given, you’ve got to hit the ground running and qualify by topping the group so it puts a bit more pressure on you from the start."

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