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Swift set to start Euros campaign

Midfielder prepares to do battle for England!

15 June 2017

A Royal is about to represent England at the UEFA European Under-21 Championships in Poland...and here's all you need to know about John Swift's impending Finals campaign with his country...

The host nation
Poland will stage the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championships from Friday 16th June to Friday 30th June 2017 - and Swift's England are one of 12 teams taking part in the tournament.

The Polish Football Federation (PZPN) previously co-hosted UEFA EURO 2012 with Ukraine – matches were played in Gdansk, Poznan, Warsaw and Wroclaw, while in 2006 it organised the finals of the UEFA European U19 Championship.

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The groups
Group A: England, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden
Group B: FYR Macedonia, Portugal, Serbia, Spain
Group C: Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy

The format?
Each team plays the other three sides in their group, with the nation finishing top of each section guaranteed to progress to the semi-finals. The runner-up with the best record join the pool winners in the last four, where the contenders are matched accordingly:

Semi-final 1: winner A v runner-up B/C or winner C
Semi-final 2: winner B v runner-up A/C or winner C

When are England's fixtures?
England vs Sweden, Friday 16th June, kick-off 5pm.
England vs Slovakia, Monday 19th June, kick-off 5pm.
England vs Poland, Thursday 22nd June, kick-off 7.45pm.

Where are England playing their group games?
Group A fixtures are being hosted by the Kielce Stadium, Kielce and in the Lublin Stadium, Lublin.

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Who is in the England squad alongside Swift?
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)

How can I follow England's progress?
England's games are being broadcast live on Sky Sports. 

Since arriving in Poland...
Swift and his compatriots received a warm welcome on their first training session in Kielce ahead of this week’s Euro Finals.

Aidy Boothroyd’s squad arrived at their base in the town to find 300 youngsters from local schools waiting to watch and eventually join in with the session.

And they were soon joined by the Mayor of Kielce, Wojciech Lubawski, who presented Boothroyd with a specially commissioned painting before he was given a signed England shirt from the squad, handed over by captain James Ward-Prowse.
The Young Lions then engaged with their new local fans, as they joined in with a warm-up and then got the chance to take some penalties before the squad signed autographs and posed for photographs.

From there, the England squad and staff headed to the Homo Homini memorial in the town, which was created in 2001 following the 9/11 atrocity to commemorate victims of terrorist activity from around the world.

Wreaths were placed and each player placed a candle at the base of the imposing monument in memory of the recent attacks in Manchester and London.

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