England’s U21 squad have made it to the semi-finals of the European U21 Championships in Poland and they will face Germany in the last four on Tuesday – live on Sky Sports 1.
Aidy Boothroyd’s side are bidding to emulate the success of the U20s, who won the World Cup earlier in the month, but they are outsiders to get past Germany, and are thus 5/1 with Paddy Power to go on and lift the trophy.
The young Lions were unbeaten in their group, collecting seven points from three games – but they still look some way short of the standard set by Spain, who won all three of their group matches and scored 9 goals in the process.
The England squad does contain several players with Premier League experience, with Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond perhaps the best examples. But many of Spain’s key men are also already well known and the team that secured a decisive 3-1 win over Portugal included Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin, Everton’s summer acquisition Sandro Ramirez and Saul Niguez, who has played more than 100 games for Atletico Madrid including a Champions League final.
Add in rising stars like Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio and it’s clear why they are such strong favourites – at stand-out odds of 5/4 with BetVictor to win the tournament.