Boothroyd's boys 5-4 to overcome Germany
England are 5-4 underdogs to beat Germany in the European Under-21 Championship semi-finals tomorrow after the knockout line-up was completed following Saturday’s final group games.
It’s a repeat of the 2009 final when Germany ran out 4-0 winners with a side that would help their World Cup success of 2014 with Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira and Benedikt Howedes in the starting 11.
The current German Under-21 squad is nowhere near as strong but Stefan Kuntz’s side are rated 4-6 favourites to reach Friday’s final where Spain or Italy will be waiting.
Italy’s 1-0 win over Germany saw them sneak into the last four but the victory came at a cost with key men Domenico Berardi and Andrea Conti collecting yellow cards which rules them out of the semi-finals through suspension.
Spain are the 5-4 tournament market leaders with Aidy Boothroyd’s England available at 5-1.
Germany and Chile secured their places in the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup yesterday.
The South Americans will play Portugal in the first last-four clash on Wednesday after finishing second in Group B due to a disappointing 1-1 draw with Australia.
Chile had been as short as 2-7 to round off their group campaign with a victory but fell behind to a first-half goal from James Troisi, who had been 20-1 to open the scoring.
Martin Rodriguez ensured Chile stayed unbeaten in the tournament with a second-half equaliser but they will need to show more against Portugal.
Germany are the new favourites after sealing a semi-final against tournament outsiders Mexico.
They beat Cameroon 3-1 with an opener from Kerem Demirbay and two Timo Werner goals, although they were pegged back to 1-1 after the African side had been reduced to ten men.
Germany are 21-10 to lift the trophy with Portugal 12-5, Chile 5-2 and Mexico 6-1.