Winning the only goal for Aidy Boothroyd


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England Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd is targeting nothing but glory at the European Under-21 Championships.

The Young Lions advanced through to the semi-finals of the tournament for this first time since 2009 after finishing top of Group A and they will now face Germany for a place in the final on Tuesday.

However, Boothroyd insists that making it through to the knockout stages is not enough for his side, as he is now targeting overall glory in the competition, a feat the England Under-20 team achieved at their World Cup earlier this month.

“We want to make sure that we aren’t [just] a team that’s good at qualifying and getting out of groups,” Boothroyd said.

“We want to be known as teams that win tournaments. “The Under-20s have done that and the Under-17s came really close and that’s what we want to do.”

The 46-year-old knows his side will face a tough challenge against their German counterparts in Tychy, but he is convinced they can reach the final if they execute their game plan properly.

“We know we’ve got a very tough opponent and we have a great deal of respect for the German team and it will be a very difficult game for us as well, Boothroyd added.

“But I hope that we can execute the game plan. If we can we will have a good chance.”

England are priced at 2.10 to advance through to the final, which is due to take place in Krakow on Friday, while Germany are available at 1.67 to progress.

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