Boothroyd eyes Young Lions progress

20 June 2017 09:06:41 EST

Aidy Boothroyd is looking for England Under-21s to progress to the European Under-21 Championship semi-finals after they beat Slovakia 2-1 on Monday.

The Three Lions looked to be heading out of the tournament in Kielce, Poland, as they trailed to a Martin Chrien header for the Slovaks in the first half on the back of a 0-0 draw against Sweden in their Group A opener.

Now we've put this to bed we've got a really tough game coming up against Poland. We want to progress, we want to do well.

Aidy Boothroyd

However, Swansea central defender Alfie Mawson scrambled in an equaliser five minutes after the half-time interval before a strike from Southampton forward Nathan Redmond sealed the three points.

England's win puts them top of the group as Sweden were denied a victory when hosts Poland scored a last-gasp penalty to secure a 2-2 draw in the later game.

With only the group winners able to reach the last-four, along with the best runner-up from the three groups, a win for England against the Poles on Thursday will guarantee their place.

And Boothroyd said: "If we lost or drew the game we were out. So we had to be bold, keep ourselves in the mix. We did that. Now we've put this to bed we've got a really tough game coming up against Poland. We want to progress, we want to do well.

"Nervy? I think that's fair. The extra player in midfield was to make them less jittery and give them more of an option on the pitch.

"[Poland on Thursday] will be difficult. We've been welcomed into the city by our hosts and I'm sure it will be a good game and a good football match. We'll have to be at our best."

England are 1/2 to win Group A, while they are priced at 8/1 to win the tournament outright.

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