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Aidy Boothroyd urges England Under-21s to keep up the momentum

England U21 manager Aidy Boothroyd during training

For Aidy Boothroyd the frustration is still raw. Eleven months on from England’s semi-final defeat by Italy at the European Under-19 Championship, the manager sacked by Northampton Town in December 2013 with his side rooted to the bottom of the Football League will watch his Under-21 team face Germany in the Silesian city of Tychy for a place in Europe’s most prestigious youth tournament.

Aidy Boothroyd’s Under-19s give England hope for the future

Northampton town manager Aidy Boothroyd

England are delivering at a European Championships. Seriously. The Under-19s have reached the semi-finals of their Euros in Germany and for the coach, Aidy Boothroyd, progress is testament not only to the talent but the tournament experience developing at youth level. Some day soon, a nation and the Football Association hope, the seniors will reap the benefits.

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The Newcastle United man was on the books at Watford before being released and achieving goal-scoring feats in France, Belgium and Germany prior to a move to West Ham. Now a potential big money target for Arsenal among many, some teams will be wondering what could have been if they had taken a chance on the Senegalese front-man.

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England U21 manager Aidy Boothroyd during training

Aidy Boothroyd urges England Under-21s to keep up the momentum

For Aidy Boothroyd the frustration is still raw. Eleven months on from England’s semi-final defeat by Italy at the European Under-19 Championship, the manager sacked by Northampton Town in December 2013 with his side rooted to the bottom of the Football League will watch his Under-21 team face Germany in the Silesian city of Tychy for a place in Europe’s most prestigious youth tournament.