Boothroyd positive over England's future

28 June 2017 03:34:55 EST

Under-21s coach Aidy Boothroyd is "optimistic" about the future of English football after his side crashed out of the European Under-21 Championship against Germany.

The 46-year-old watched his side battled to a 2-2 draw after extra time in Tychy, Poland, only to predictably lose 4-3 on penalties in the shootout.

Davie Selke headed in to put Germany ahead on 35 minutes, but Demarai Gray levelled the scores before half-time.

English football is on the up but at the minute we're all a little bit gutted because we thought we could win this tournament.

Aidy Boothroyd

Tammy Abraham made it 2-1 to England before Felix Platte's header ensured it ended all-square after 90 minutes.

With no more goals in extra time, it went to a shootout and, despite goalkepeer Jordan Pickford saving Yannick Gerhardt's spot-kick, both Abraham and Nathan Redmond had their efforts saved by Julian Pollersbeck.

It was the sixth defeat from seven shootouts England have been involved in at major competitions since 1990, despite Boothroyd revealing after the game that the players had "practised and practised and practised penalties".

However, looking ahead the former Watford and Coventry boss feels English football "is on the up" after the Under-20s recently won their age group's World Cup, The Under-17s lost on penalties to Spain in the final of their European Championship.

"There's plenty to be optimistic about," said Boothroyd.

"We've reached a semi-final, won the World Cup with the under-20s, the under-17s did ever so well getting to a final.

"English football is on the up but at the minute we're all a little bit gutted because we thought we could win this tournament.

"I'm sure there will be future senior players in this team."

England's senior side are priced at 12/1 to win Euro 2020, while Germany's Under-21s are 7/4 to win the European Under-21 Championship.

Spain, who beat Italy 3-1 in Tuesday's other semi-final game are 4/9 to win the title.

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