England Under-21s must beat Slovakia to advance admits Aidy Boothroyd

• Boothroyd: ‘We’ve got to win and win the next one after that’
• Manager says presence of Gareth Southgate is a boost for Young Lions

Aidy Boothroyd has conceded that England cannot afford to slip up against Slovakia on Monday as they attempt to keep alive their prospects of reaching the European Under-21 Championship semi-finals.

Despite Jordan Pickford’s late penalty save which earned the Young Lions a 0-0 draw with Sweden on Friday, Slovakia’s surprise win against Poland in the group’s other match means anything other than a win would leave Boothroyd’s side with a mountain to climb as they bid to end their poor recent record in this competition.

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