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Denmark U21 vs England U21. Under-21 International.

Blue Water Arena.

Denmark U21 1

  • M Ingvartsen (42nd minute)

England U21 5

  • D Gray (31st minute)
  • D Solanke (39th minute, 47th minute)
  • D Calvert-Lewin (81st minute, 86th minute pen)

Denmark U21s vs England U21s preview: Euro build-up continues

Both sides have qualified for European Under-21 Championship in 2019

Tuesday 20 November 2018 09:05, UK

Phil Foden during the International friendly match between Italy U21 and England U21 on November 15, 2018 in Ferrara, Italy.
Image: Phil Foden in action for England U21s against Italy

England Under-21s continue their preparations for next summer's European U21 Championship when they face Denmark in a friendly at the Blue Water Arena in Esbjerg on Tuesday (kick-off 5pm).

Aidy Boothroyd's side beat Italy - next year's hosts with San Marino - on Thursday and will be looking for another win ahead of Friday's Euro 2019 draw in Bologna.

Jake Clarke-Salter and Ademola Lookman have withdrawn from the squad through injury, so Boothroyd has called up Bournemouth defender Jack Simpson for the first time.

Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the winner when England Under-20s beat Venezuela 1-0 to claim the World Cup last year and said the Young Lions are prepared for what 2019 can throw at them.

Dominic Solanke celebrates scoring his second goal for England U21 against Italy U21
Image: Dominic Solanke scored for England against Italy on Thursday

"I've had a lot of big experiences at a young age in terms of the World Cup and then playing in the Premier League - ups and downs - so I think that is a massive part.

"As a young player, when you are on the pitch and you are exposed to those kinds of things, it helps to build your character and build you as a person.

"It puts you in better stead for when you do face challenges in the future, you are more prepared to deal with it."

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England lost in the semi-finals to Germany on penalties at Euro 2017 and Calvert-Lewin feels the tournament is as big as the World Cup he won.

The 21-year-old said: "Yeah, of course. You have to look at the biggest trophy you can win through the age groups and this is the biggest one. This is what we are training for two years for, to try and compete and achieve the win, so it is the biggest one.

"If you look at the friendlies that we're lining up, we're looking to play against some top opposition to prepare us for next summer in the Euros.

"We're confident in the ability that we've got in our squad and following finishing top of the group, so we'll take confidence from that and look forward to the friendlies and preparing for the Euros in the summer."

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