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Boothroyd Excited To Showcase Young England Talent At The KCOM

09 September 2019
England U21 Head Coach Aidy Boothroyd is relishing the chance to showcase his new-look squad at the KCOM Stadium this evening.

The Young Lions return to East Yorkshire for the first time in over a decade when hosting Kosovo in what is their second U21 Euro qualifier having registered a 3-2 win over Turkey in their opener on Friday.

Speaking ahead of the game at the home of the Tigers, Boothroyd said: “It’s great that we can take the team around the country and that the Hull public and the Yorkshire public can see the talent that is coming through,” said Boothroyd.

“We have got some really good players and they can maybe have a bet on who is going to be the next player in when the public come and see what’s on show. We have got some talented players and we try and play with a certain style.

“We’ve got players playing abroad and players playing regularly in the Premier League, which is fantastic for me because I get to go all over Europe watching our players. We have got players in the Championship as well.

“When you get a group together for the first time and they’re a bit younger than the opposition there’s always a little bit of a worry that they might get bullied.

“There was none of that in Turkey though. We stood our ground, stood up to the environment and the opposition. What was most pleasing was that we went 2-1 down and fought back.

“It showed real character and if you’ve got that and not willing to be pushed around then we’ve got a really good chance of putting a successful team together.”

Boothroyd is also keen to see his young players set the right example – both on and off the pitch.

“It is important,” he added. “We bring our players in on good character and we expect them to be humble, because they are a role model for not only the kids you see walking around here but also millions of kids that shout their name and kick a ball into a wall pretending it’s a net.

“I’ve talked about it with the players, and the importance of not just what they’re trying to achieve and who they are but what they represent, and what representing England means.

“You’ve got to be more than just a good footballer, more than talented, you have to live your life in the right way – that’s what we want.

“The new U21s group, when I look at that, it is very exciting. But they will make mistakes and get things wrong – different things hopefully – and it will improve them and make them better people and better players for when they get to the seniors.”

Tickets for tonight’s UEFA European U21 Championship qualifier between England and Kosovo at the KCOM Stadium (KO 7.45pm) remain on general sale. Tickets are priced at just £15 for Adults, £5 Young Adults (16-22) & Over 65s and £1 for U16s and can be purchased online or by calling 01482 358418. Tickets are also available to buy in person from the Ticket Zone at the KCOM Stadium.