Saints quartet ready for Young Lions semi-final

By SFC Media Tue 27 Jun International
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James Ward-Prowse, Nathan Redmond, Jack Stephens and Matt Targett are set for international action with England under-21s today.

The Young Lions face Germany in the semi-finals of the European Championships at Tychy’s City Stadium (5pm BST).

Aidy Boothroyd’s men finished top of their group after a convincing 3-0 success over Poland, with their opponents qualifying as the best second-placed team following a 1-0 defeat to Italy.

Redmond was withdrawn at half-time in the success over Poland as a precaution and may face a late fitness test ahead of the crucial clash.

Boothroyd said: “It’ll be tough, but I think it will be a really good game for the neutral and if we stick to the game plan then we have a good chance of getting through.

“But we know this is a massive test for us, a lot of their players are regulars for their teams against men in top leagues whereas a lot of our guys are just breaking through and getting into their teams.

“They’re a good team and a country that have done consistently well over a period of time, and they’re the team which the English want to play and want to beat the most.

“When you want to be the best, you have to beat the best and that’s what we’ll be aiming to do.

“We’ve got to get away from being gallant losers. We’ve got to go out there and get that win that we need to take us through to the final.”

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