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England
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Nickname(s) The Young Lions
Association The Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Lee Carsley
Most caps James Milner (46)
Top scorer Eddie Nketiah (16)
First international  England 0–0 Wales 
(Wolverhampton, England; 15 December 1976)
Biggest win  England 9–0 San Marino 
(Shrewsbury, England; 19 November 2013)
Biggest defeat  Romania 4–0 England 
(Ploieşti, Romania; 14 October 1980)
 England 0–4 Spain 
(Birmingham, England; 27 February 2001)
 Germany 4–0 England 
(Malmö, Sweden; 29 June 2009)

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

This team is for English players aged under 21 at the start of the calendar year in which a two-year European Under-21 Football Championship campaign begins, so some players can remain with the squad until the age of 23. As long as they are eligible, players can play for England at any level, making it possible to play for the U21s, senior side, and again for the U21s, as Jack Butland, Harry Kane, Calum Chambers and John Stones have done. It is also possible to play for one country at youth level and another at senior level (providing the player has not played a senior competitive game in his previous country).

The U-21 team came into existence, following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions, in 1976. A goalless draw in a friendly against Wales at Wolverhampton Wanderers' Molineux Stadium was England U21s' first result.

England U21s do not have a permanent home. They play in stadia across England, in an attempt to encourage younger fans in all areas of the country to attend matches. Because of the lower demand compared to the senior national team, smaller grounds can be used. The record attendance for an England U21 match was set on 24 March 2007, when England U21 played Italy U21 in front of a crowd of just under 60,000 at the new Wembley Stadium, also a world record attendance for a U21 game. The match was one of the required two events the stadium hosted in order to gain its safety certificate in time for its full-capacity opening for the 2007 FA Cup Final in May.

Players

Current squad

The following players were named in the squad for the qualifiers against Andorra on 25 March and Albania on 29 March 2022.

Caps and goals updated as of 16 November 2021 after the match against Georgia. Names in italics denote players who have been capped for the senior team.

# Pos Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Bursik, JosefJosef Bursik 12 July 2000 (2000-07-12) (age 21) 4 0 Flag of England Stoke City
1GK Green, EtienneEtienne Green 19 July 2000 (2000-07-19) (age 21) 2 0 Flag of France Saint-Étienne
1GK Rushworth, CarlCarl Rushworth 2 July 2001 (2001-07-02) (age 20) 0 0 Flag of England Walsall (on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion)
2DF Thomas, LukeLuke Thomas 10 June 2001 (2001-06-10) (age 21) 5 0 Flag of England Leicester City
2DF Harwood-Bellis, TaylorTaylor Harwood-Bellis 30 January 2002 (2002-01-30) (age 20) 4 0 Flag of England Stoke City (on loan from Manchester City)
2DF Livramento, ValentinoValentino Livramento 12 November 2002 (2002-11-12) (age 19) 3 0 Flag of England Southampton
2DF Buchanan, LeeLee Buchanan 7 March 2001 (2001-03-07) (age 21) 2 0 Flag of England Derby County
2DF Cresswell, CharlieCharlie Cresswell 17 August 2002 (2002-08-17) (age 19) 2 0 Flag of England Leeds United
2DF Johnson, BenBen Johnson 24 January 2000 (2000-01-24) (age 22) 0 0 Flag of England West Ham United
2DF Spence, DjedDjed Spence 9 August 2000 (2000-08-09) (age 21) 0 0 Flag of England Nottingham Forest (on loan from Middlesbrough)
2DF Colwill, LeviLevi Colwill 26 February 2003 (2003-02-26) (age 19) 0 0 Flag of England Huddersfield Town (on loan from Chelsea)
3MF Jones, CurtisCurtis Jones 30 January 2001 (2001-01-30) (age 21) 7 2 Flag of England Liverpoool
3MF Gibbs-White, MorganMorgan Gibbs-White 27 January 2000 (2000-01-27) (age 22) 5 0 Flag of England Sheffield United (on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers)
3MF Doyle, TommyTommy Doyle 17 October 2001 (2001-10-17) (age 20) 3 0 Flag of Wales Cardiff City (on loan from Manchester City)
3MF Garner, JamesJames Garner 13 March 2001 (2001-03-13) (age 21) 3 0 Flag of England Nottingham Forest (on loan from Manchester United)
3MF Ramsey, JacobJacob Ramsey 28 May 2001 (2001-05-28) (age 21) 3 0 Flag of England Aston Villa
3MF Elliott, HarveyHarvey Elliott 4 April 2003 (2003-04-04) (age 19) 0 0 Flag of England Liverpool
4FW Balogun, FolarinFolarin Balogun 3 July 2001 (2001-07-03) (age 20) 5 1 Flag of England Middlesbrough (on loan from Arsenal)
4FW Gomes, AngelAngel Gomes 31 August 2000 (2000-08-31) (age 21) 3 0 Flag of France Lille
4FW Gordon, AnthonyAnthony Gordon 24 February 2001 (2001-02-24) (age 21) 2 2 Flag of England Everton
4FW Madueke, NoniNoni Madueke 10 March 2002 (2002-03-10) (age 20) 2 0 Flag of Netherlands PSV Eindhoven
4FW Lewis-Potter, KeaneKeane Lewis-Potter 22 February 2001 (2001-02-22) (age 21) 0 0 Flag of England Hull City

Recent call-ups

The following players have previously been called up to the England under-21 squad in the last 12 months and remain eligible.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Griffiths, JoshJosh Griffiths 5 September 2001 (2001-09-05) (age 20) 0 0 Flag of England Lincoln City (on loan from West Bromwich Albion) v.  Czech Republic,  Georgia, 11–16 November 2021
DF Panzo, JonathanJonathan Panzo 25 August 2000 (2000-08-25) (age 21) 5 0 Flag of England Nottingham Forest v.  Andorra,  Albania, 13–17 November 2020
DF Lamptey, TariqTariq Lamptey 30 September 2000 (2000-09-30) (age 21) 2 0 Flag of England Brighton & Hove Albion v.  Andorra,  Albania, 25–29, March 2022 INJ
DF Williams, RhysRhys Williams 3 February 2001 (2001-02-03) (age 21) 2 0 Flag of England Liverpool v.  Andorra,  Albania, 13–17 November 2020
DF Sessegnon, RyanRyan Sessegnon 7 March 2001 (2001-03-07) (age 21) 18 1 Flag of England Tottenham Hotspur v.  Romania,  Kosovo, 3–7 September 2021 INJ
DF Guéhi, MarcMarc Guéhi 13 July 2000 (2000-07-13) (age 21) 16 1 Flag of England Crystal Palace v.  Czech Republic,  Georgia, 11–16 November 2021
DF Mola, ClintonClinton Mola 15 March 2001 (2001-03-15) (age 21) 1 0 Flag of Germany VFB Stuttgart v.  Czech Republic,  Georgia, 11–16 November 2021
DF Hill, JamesJames Hill 10 January 2002 (2002-01-10) (age 20) 0 0 Flag of England Bournemouth v.  Czech Republic,  Georgia, 11–16 November 2021 INJ
MF Bellingham, JudeJude Bellingham 29 June 2003 (2003-06-29) (age 19) 4 1 Flag of Germany Borussia Dortmund v.  Andorra,  Albania, 13–17 November 2020 SEN
MF Ramsey, AaronAaron Ramsey 21 January 2003 (2003-01-21) (age 19) 0 0 Flag of England Cheltenham Town (on loan from Aston Villa) v.  Kosovo, 7 September 2021
MF Skipp, OliverOliver Skipp 16 September 2000 (2000-09-16) (age 21) 14 0 Flag of England Tottenham Hotspur v.  Czech Republic,  Georgia, 11–16 November 2021
MF Gallagher, ConorConor Gallagher 6 February 2000 (2000-02-06) (age 22) 13 2 Flag of England Crystal Palace (on loan from Chelsea) v.  Czech Republic,  Georgia, 11–16 November 2021 SEN
MF Palmer, ColeCole Palmer 6 May 2002 (2002-05-06) (age 20) 4 2 Flag of England Manchester City v.  Czech Republic,  Georgia, 11–16 November 2021
MF Smith Rowe, EmileEmile Smith Rowe 28 July 2000 (2000-07-28) (age 21) 4 1 Flag of England Arsenal v.  Czech Republic,  Georgia, 11–16 November 2021 SEN
FW Hudson-Odoi, CallumCallum Hudson-Odoi 7 November 2000 (2000-11-07) (age 21) 9 4 Flag of England Chelsea European Under-21 Championship group stage, 25–31 March 2021
FW John-Jules, TyreeceTyreece John-Jules 14 February 2001 (2001-02-14) (age 21) 2 0 Flag of England Sheffield Wednesday (on loan from Arsenal) v.  Slovenia,  Andorra, 7–11 October 2021
FW Gelhardt, JoeJoe Gelhardt 4 May 2002 (2002-05-04) (age 20) 0 0 Flag of England Leeds United v.  Slovenia,  Andorra, 7–11 October 2021
FW Brewster, RhianRhian Brewster 1 April 2000 (2000-04-01) (age 22) 16 1 Flag of England Sheffield United v.  Czech Republic,  Georgia, 11–16 November 2021

Current coaching staff

Position Staff
Manager Flag of Republic of Ireland Lee Carsley
Assistant Manager Vacant
Goalkeeping Coach Flag of England Timothy Dittmer
Coach Flag of Scotland Iffy Onoura

Source: BBC

Alumni

Former players

Main article: List of England international under-21 players

Managers

Main article: List of England international under-21 managers

Honours

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