2019 Under-21 European Championship: England to play France, Romania and Croatia

Tammy Abraham
Striker Tammy Abraham scored three goals in qualifying for England Under-21s and has made two appearances for the senior team

England will play France, Romania and Croatia in Group C at the 2019 European Under-21 Championship in Italy.

Aidy Boothroyd's side were among the top seeds, meaning they would avoid Italy and also 2017 winners Germany.

Italy are in Group A with Spain, Poland and Belgium, while Germany, Denmark, Serbia and Austria are the nations in Group B.

The tournament, which will be staged in north-east Italy and San Marino, begins on 16 June with the final on 30 June.

England have twice won the tournament - in 1982 and 1984 - but lost 4-3 on penalties to Germany in the 2017 semi-finals.

The 2019 competition features 12 countries, divided into three groups of four teams with the group winners moving into the semi-finals, along with the second-placed team with the best record.

England remained unbeaten in qualifying with eight wins and two draws to top a group that also included the Netherlands, Ukraine, Scotland, Latvia and Estonia.

Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke both scored four times in the qualifying campaign, with three goals from Tammy Abraham, who is currently on loan at Aston Villa from Chelsea.

France, whose senior team beat Croatia to win the 2018 World Cup, will be England's first opponents on 18 June, before Boothroyd's team play matches against Romania on 21 June and Croatia on 24 June.

"It is a great group for the neutral but for us it will be tough," Boothroyd told BBC Radio 5 live.

"France have gone unbeaten in their group, Croatia are always good at all age groups and Romania have the best defensive record, but we have some fantastic players; they are confident, they've played really well and got some good results.

"We have to guard against complacency but this is what we have been working towards. If we can beat them we will be the best and that's what we want to do. We're trying to be the best we can be at every age group.

"We have a squad of about 35 players and I would rather be in this position than scraping around for players, but there's a lot of football to be played between now and June."

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