Follow The U21 Euros in Italy with FootyStats
The 2019 U21 European Championships gets underway tomorrow as Poland host Belgium. There’s a real sense of excitement ahead of this tournament that is sure to include plenty of future stars.
The U21 Euros will take place in Italy, starting on June 16th. As you can see by the odds, it’s wide-open who might win the competition, but the slight favourites are England, Spain, and Italy at 5/1.
England U21 Fixtures
- (H)France U2118 Jun
- (H)Romania U2121 Jun
- (A)Croatia U2124 Jun
England U21 Stats
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England U21 Team and Predictions
England U21 has taken proven Premier League players such as Aaran Wan-Bissaka, Demarai Gray, James Maddison, Harvey Barnes, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Exciting talents like Phil Foden, Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, and Reiss Nelson have also been included. The latter had a solid season in Germany, playing 23 games in the Bundesliga for Hoffenheim.
It’s a tough ask for Aidy Boothroyd, but he certainly has the players to win this competition. At the end of the day, it might come down to tactical nouse, as many international tournaments do. As we will explore in this article, the fellow favourites for the competition trump Aidy in that respect.
England has a very experienced squad, for this level and on paper, has one of the strongest starting elevens in the competition.
Spain U21 Team and Predictions
Spain U21 is looking very strong once again. They’re in a group with Poland, Italy, and Belgium so will have to be at their best to progress. A really exciting group with some mouth-watering fixtures.
Spain U21 won this competition consecutively back in 2011 and then again in 2013. Featuring in that squad was David de Gea, Dani Carvajal, Koke, Thiago, Isco, Morata, and Sergio Canales… Just to name a few.
Will we look back at this crop of players in the same way? There are certainly some special talents in that squad, including Fabian Ruiz. The versatile midfielder – who signed for Napoli last season from Betis – forced his way into Carlo Ancelotti’s side by the end of the season and scored 5 goals in a very creative end to the season.
There will also be plenty of eyes on Dani Cabellos who currently plays a bit-part role for Real Madrid. He’s at the point in his career now where he may have to stick or twist. A good showing at this competition and I’m sure the thousands of scouts will make that move away from the Bernabeu much easier.
Spain Manager Luis de la Fuente Castillo
Spain U21 is managed by Luis de la Fuente Castillo, a former player who racked up over 350 appearances between Bilbao, Sevilla, and Alaves. He’s been managing since 1999 and has been involved with the Spanish national team since 2013 when he took over Spain U19. He won the U19 European Championships in 2015 with his U19 side before taking over the U21 side in 2018, after Albert Celades left to join Real Madrid.
Italy U21 Team and Predictions
I’m really looking forward to watching this Italy team. It’s a team packed with potential and maturity for this level, spearheaded by Moise Kean. The Juventus forward has already featured for the Italian national side but will use this tournament as an invaluable experience. He comes into this having scored 7 goals in a breakthrough season for Juventus.
Federico Chiesa is another that will surely set this tournament alight. The rumours have already started linking the Fiorentina winger with Liverpool and I would expect them to continue, especially after watching him play.
I’m also looking forward to seeing more of Nicolò Zaniolo, who played over 30 games for Roma last season at just 19 years of age. These players are more than ready for this competition.
Players To Watch at U21 Euro 2019
As the tournament progresses, I’m sure you’ll be seeing these names on your timelines. These are highly experienced, highly talented players for their age:
- Jonathan Tah
- Luka Jovic
- Borja Mayoral
- Joachim Andersen
- Alen Halilović
- Mikel Oyarzabal
- Houssem Aouar
- Domagoj Bradaric
- Yari Verschaeren
Who do you think will win this competition?