The England Under-21's were embarrassed at the European Championships in 2013, crashing out in the group stage with no wins and just one goal as the curtain fell down on Stuart Pearce's long reign in charge.
Shortly after England return home from Israel, Pearce's replacement was named - former Middlesbrough and England defender Gareth Southgate, who hadn't been in a managerial job since 'Boro sacked him in 2009. Despite some suggesting that the 44-year-old was a poor appointment, Southgate has won 11 of his 18 games in charge, losing only three.
Their qualification campaign for the European Championships next summer has gone almost perfectly, winning nine of their ten games in Group A, scoring 31 goals and conceding just two as the Three Lions lay down a marker to their rivals ahead of the competition in the Czech Republic.
Despite winning the group at a canter, England still have to go through a play-off to reach the tournament in 2015, and that will see them pitted against Croatia - who can call upon Chelsea youngster Stipe Perica against Southgate's side, with the first leg at Wolverhampton Wanderers' Molineux next Friday. With the game just over a week away, Southgate has named his squad - which features the likes of Calum Chambers, Eric Dier and Luke Shaw, who have all been tipped to play for the first team this season.
Here is the England Under-21 squad in full.
Goalkeepers: Jonathan Bond, Jack Butland, Sam Johnstone
Defenders: Calum Chambers, Eric Dier, Luke Garbutt, Ben Gibson, Carl Jenkinson, Michael Keane, Jamaal Lascelles, Liam Moore, Luke Shaw.
Midfielders: Lewis Baker, Tom Carroll, Jake Forster-Caskey, Will Hughes, Thomas Ince, Alex Pritchard, Nathan Redmond.
Forwards: Patrick Bamford, Saido Berahino, Harry Kane, Cauley Woodrow