Royals midfielder John Swift has linked up with England’s Under-21s squad as part of the squad for this summer’s European Championships in Poland.
Head coach Aidy Boothroyd named his 23-man group yesterday for a major tournament which kicks-off on Friday 16th June when the Young Lions face Sweden in Kielce.
With a number of pre-Euro training camps being held at St. George’s Park over the past month, Boothroyd had selected an initial 28-man group from which his final pick would be made. And Swift has made the grade to be included in the England squad that goes into battle later this month.
Delighted to have been called up to the u21's for the euros 🦁🦁🦁 pic.twitter.com/QE6UcOIpBq— John Swift (@JohnSwift8) June 5, 2017
Swift will link up with his England compatriots at the national football centre tomorrow as they put in their final preparations before heading to Poland next week.
“We have some good players and like for any international team, bringing them all together and getting them all to work as a single unit, that is always the challenging part,” Boothroyd said.
“But we’ve got players with big game experience now, lads who have played in cup finals, play-off finals, big games and a couple of senior internationals.
“In this particular age group we have a very capable, mature squad with a nice balance between the soldiers and the artists, so I’m really looking forward to it.
“I think we’re well equipped on paper and it’s now about putting some hard work in on the grass, which we’ve been doing over the last three weeks to be ready for the tournament.”
Following their opener against reigning U21 Euro champions Sweden, England will face Slovakia on Monday 19th June before they round off the group stage against hosts Poland on Thursday 22nd June.
England U21 squad for European Championships 2017:
Goalkeepers | Angus Gunn (Manchester City), Jonathan Mitchell (Derby County), Jordan Pickford (Sunderland)
Defenders | Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), Kortney Hause (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Rob Holding (Arsenal), Mason Holgate (Everton), Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Alfie Mawson (Swansea City), Jack Stephens (Southampton), Matt Targett (Southampton).
Midfielders | Lewis Baker (Chelsea), Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Will Hughes (Derby County), John Swift (Reading), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
Strikers | Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Demarai Gray (Leicester City), Jacob Murphy (Norwich City), Nathan Redmond (Southampton), Cauley Woodrow (Fulham)