Boothroyd eyes European glory

23 June 2017 11:52:12 EST

Aidy Boothroyd concedes he has been encouraged by the England under-21s recent progress after making it through to the semi-finals of the European Championships.

Goals from Demarai Gray, Jacob Murphy and Lewis Baker sealed a 3-0 victory over hosts Poland on Thursday evening to leave the Young Lions with a tally of seven points from their three Group A outings.

Boothroyd's side have undoubtedly improved since their tame opening draw with Sweden and can now afford to put their feet up and watch on as the teams in Groups B and C battle it out for the remaining places in the last four.

We're gaining momentum, keeping composure and keeping clean sheets.

Aidy Boothroyd

Spain, who were the winners in both 2011 and 2013, are the only other country to have so far booked their passage to the semi-finals, and there is still plenty to play for in the fight for qualification.

Boothroyd made a number of tactical changes for Thursday's match and admits he was pleased by what he saw.

The 46-year-old believes his side are exactly where they want to be and is confident they can further improve in time for Tuesday's semi in Tychy.

"I'm really pleased, it was a difficult game in a great atmosphere and the Polish fans sang their hearts out from start to finish so we were the away team again," he told the FA's official website.

"We were under the cosh a bit, but the speed at which we broke was phenomenal as they missed a chance in our box and within five seconds we were scoring.

"These are important things which we need to keep working on.

"But we're gaining momentum, keeping composure and keeping clean sheets, so it's a good place for us at the minute."

England are currently 9/2 to win the tournament outright, with Spain priced at 11/8.

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