12 Facts About England U21


England national under-21 football team, known as England under-21s or England U21, is considered to be the feeder team for the England national football team.

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England U21 team came into existence in 1976, following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions.

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England U21 handed over U21 responsibilities to England manager Graham Taylor's assistant Lawrie McMenemy for three years before resuming control from 1994 to 1996.

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England U21 was controversially removed from the position in early 1999 and replaced initially by Peter Reid, who resigned after just one match in charge to dedicate more time to his other job as manager of Sunderland.

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England U21 remained in the post until June 2013, when it was announced that his contract would not be renewed.

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England U21 lost the away leg of this extra qualifying round and were eliminated on away goals to Greece.

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In effect, England U21 finished ninth in the competition despite losing only one of their ten matches.

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England U21 got knocked out in the group stage of the European Championship finals in 2000 under Wilkinson.

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Platt's England U21 failed to qualify for the 2004 tournament and he was replaced by the returning Peter Taylor.

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At the tournament, England U21 progressed through to the semi-finals where they led for the majority of the match against the hosts.

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England U21 finished second in their qualifying group for the 2011 championships in Denmark.

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England U21 subsequently exited the 2013 and 2015 Finals tournaments at the group stage, reached the last 4 in 2017, before again exiting at the group stage in 2019 and 2021.

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