The England Under-21 team is ready for the set-piece test against the Czech Republic Under-21s, says Lee Carsley as the boss praises their “ change of pace and mindset ” in practice before the knockout phase. Eurocup qualification.
- England U21 take on Czech Republic U21 Thursday night at Turf Moor
- A win will put the European Championship qualifier back in the hands of England U21
- England drew in Slovenia last month after conceding two set pieces
England’s Under-21s have been peppered with set pieces in practice to correct last month’s shortcomings ahead of Thursday night’s European Championship qualifying game.
Lee Carsley’s team were sailing in Slovenia only to come away with a draw after conceding from two corners, making the Czech Republic’s visit to Turf Moor on Thursday night quite a shock.
Five points behind the Czechs with one game less, England can take over Group G with victory.
Lee Carsley has his England U21 team ready for set pieces before taking on the Czech Republic
“We’ve been defending a lot of corners, a lot of free throws in the last two days,” Carsley said.
‘There has been a change in pace and mentality doing that practice because they know they got punched in the nose last camp.
‘We have seen good things in patches. This is our third camp and I am demanding that I want to see more.
‘It is a brilliant test for us. We have to do our best. I want us to be able to play and compete under pressure because ultimately the ultimate goal is to take them to the seniors and that’s what you need.
“We have a lot of high-performing young players who have done so well in the younger age groups. For some of them, it is potentially their first time facing it. ‘
Carsley watched his England U21 (right) lose points to Slovenia due to poor set pieces defense
Arsenal’s Folarin Balogun is set to lead the line in the absence of the suspended Rhian Brewster as England look for more goals.
“Flo probably missed that bit of high-level football,” added Carsley. You need proof. Seeing him in the U23 for Arsenal is probably a little too easy for him.
“I think it would be fair to say that many of the clubs in Europe would be aware of Flo’s qualities and, if anything, he has to continue to prove himself. You are the only person you have to impress and see yourself in the mirror. He has outstanding ability. ‘
Folarin Balogun (center) is set to lead the line of England U21 vs the Czechs on Thursday