Euro Under-21 Qualifying
Kazakhstan U21Kazakhstan U210England U21England U211

Kazakhstan U21 0-1 England U21

Demarai Gray
Demarai Gray was a member of the Leicester City squad which won the Premier League last season

England Under-21s booked their place at next summer's European Championship with a game to spare as they won in Kazakhstan.

Demarai Gray put the visitors in front early on by sidefooting in Nathan Redmond's low, deflected cross.

England were almost punished for not building on their lead but Brendan Galloway blocked an Alisher Suley shot.

Gray put Ruben Loftus-Cheek in on goal and although his attempted chip was saved, England took all three points.

Boothroyd off to winning start

Gareth Southgate had led the U21s to the brink of qualification but, after he took interim charge of the England senior side following Sam Allardyce's exit, U20s coach Aidy Boothroyd replaced him on a temporary basis.

Boothroyd said he was there to "help the team to get themselves over the line" and reach Euro 2017 in Poland in June.

And he duly did so, with unbeaten England topping Group Nine, having won five of their seven games to secure a sixth successive place in the finals tournament.

Their final group game will be on Tuesday, 11 October when they host Bosnia and Herzegovina in Walsall.

England lack cutting edge

Boothroyd resisted the temptation to start with striker Tammy Abraham, who has netted 11 goals in 14 games in all competitions since moving to Bristol City on loan from Chelsea for the season.

And despite the impressive Gray's first goal for the U21s getting the visitors off to a promising start, a dominant England failed to add to their lead as they lacked a cutting edge up front.

Marcus Rashford had scored a hat-trick in a 6-1 win over Norway last time out but was absent having been called up to the senior England side.

He was sorely missed as, despite Gray and Nathan Redmond - who are more used to playing as wingers - appearing to share striking duties with Loftus-Cheek in an advanced midfield role in Kazakhstan, England struggled to make the most of their possession.

What they said:

England U21 interim boss Aidy Boothroyd told BT Sport: "Considering the occasion, need to get points and the partisan atmosphere, I thought that the way we played was controlled.

"I thought we created some really good chances, particularly in the first half, and perhaps could be a bit disappointed we didn't score more goals.

"Demarai did very well. I thought it was a very good team performance all the way through but Demarai took his goal very well."

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Kazakhstan U21

Formation 4-3-3

  • 18Pavlov
  • 2Aslan
  • 3Rudoselskiy
  • 4SartakovBooked at 29mins
  • 13Shaikhov
  • 5Saparov
  • 6Tuliev
  • 23VorogovskiyBooked at 44minsSubstituted forKalmuratovat 85'minutes
  • 10SuleyBooked at 38minsSubstituted forZhalmukanat 45'minutesBooked at 73mins
  • 11Tungyshbayev
  • 7FedinSubstituted forAimbetovat 74'minutes


  • 1Kolbuntsov
  • 8Sokolenko
  • 9Zhalmukan
  • 16Sultanov
  • 17Aimbetov
  • 19Kalmuratov
  • 21Valiullin

England U21

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Woodman
  • 2Holgate
  • 5Chambers
  • 6HoldingBooked at 4mins
  • 3Galloway
  • 4Chalobah
  • 8Ward-Prowse
  • 7Baker
  • 10Loftus-CheekSubstituted forWatmoreat 73'minutes
  • 9GraySubstituted forAbrahamat 85'minutes
  • 11Redmond


  • 12Stephens
  • 13Walton
  • 14Hayden
  • 15Swift
  • 16Abraham
  • 17Watmore
  • 18Onomah
Sergei Lapochkin

Match Stats

Home TeamKazakhstan U21Away TeamEngland U21
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Kazakhstan U21 0, England U21 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Kazakhstan U21 0, England U21 1.

  3. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  4. Post update

    Delay in match Yerkebulan Tungyshbayev (Kazakhstan U21) because of an injury.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Kazakhstan U21. Yerkebulan Tungyshbayev tries a through ball, but Berik Shaikhov is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (England U21).

  7. Post update

    Miras Tuliev (Kazakhstan U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rafkat Aslan (Kazakhstan U21) right footed shot from long range on the right is too high from a direct free kick.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Rob Holding (England U21).

  10. Post update

    Yerkebulan Tungyshbayev (Kazakhstan U21) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tammy Abraham (England U21) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a cross.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Kazakhstan U21. Kuanysh Kalmuratov replaces Yan Vorogovskiy.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, England U21. Tammy Abraham replaces Demarai Gray.

  14. Post update

    Brendan Galloway (England U21) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Abat Aimbetov (Kazakhstan U21).

  16. Post update

    Corner, England U21. Conceded by Stanislav Pavlov.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Demarai Gray (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Lewis Baker.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Altynbek Saparov (Kazakhstan U21) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Abat Aimbetov (Kazakhstan U21) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Altynbek Saparov.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Kazakhstan U21. Abat Aimbetov replaces Maxim Fedin.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 6th October 2016

As It Stood


1Czech Rep U2196212591620
2Belgium U218602147718
3Montenegro U2193421011-113
4Moldova U218215511-67
5Latvia U218134912-36
6Malta U218125518-135


1Italy U2197201731423
2Serbia U2185212161517
3Slovenia U2185031771015
4R. of Ireland U2194051314-112
5Lithuania U218206417-136
6Andorra U2110109126-253


1Iceland U219531115618
2Macedonia U219531117418
3France U219522148617
4Ukraine U2193241010011
5Scotland U219225815-78
6Northern Ireland U219027615-92


1Portugal U2197202742323
2Israel U2195311741318
3Albania U2193331116-512
4Hungary U2193331813512
5Greece U2193151013-310
6Liechtenstein U219009033-330


1Denmark U2187101721522
2Romania U2195131512316
3Bulgaria U21842294514
4Wales U2193421111013
5Luxembourg U218035314-113
6Armenia U218017517-121


1Sweden U2196302051521
2Spain U2196212691720
3Croatia U2196212271520
4Georgia U21104151717013
5Estonia U219117321-184
6San Marino U2110019130-291


1Germany U2188002742324
2Austria U2186112081219
3Finland U218404129312
4Azerbaijan U219225819-118
5Football Union of Russia U2182241114-38
6Faroe Islands U219018327-241


1Slovakia U2165011741315
2Netherlands U217322119211
3Turkey U21731367-110
4Belarus U21722368-28
5Cyprus U217115315-124


1England U2175201531217
2Switzerland U217331106412
3Norway U21631279-210
4Kazakhstan U217115311-84
5Bosnia and Herzegovina U21703428-63
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