England Under 21s vs Spain Under 21s, KO: 17:00 Jul 8, 2023, Batumi Arena, Georgia
ENGLAND have breezed through to the European Under 21s Championships Final, but face their toughest test yet when they meet Spain in the showdown in Batumi.
Lee Carsley's kids have enjoyed a dream route to the final and their 3-0 semi-final success over Israel saw them win to nil yer again- they have yet to concede a goal in five games.
It's a remarkable achievement and Carsley's biggest decision will be deciding on his line-up, with so many options from the bench too.
But they meet a Spain side who have looked very impressive too. They recovered from the loss of an early goal in their semi-final to eventually crush Ukraine 5-1.
They have reached the final four times in their last six attempts and won it three times in the past 12 years. They have won this five times – more than any country and England last won it in 1984.
They have a squad crammed with talent mostly from their homeland, but also including Manchester City starlet Sergio Gomez.
It's the final the tournament deserves with the best two teams reaching the showdown and it should be a cracker in Georgia,
How the bookies view it
Recent head to heads
The nations have only met twice at this level with England winning the first encounter 2-0 in 2009 and the second game ending as a draw two years later.
Players to watch
Nottingham Forest striker Morgan Gibbs-White got England on their way with the opening goal just before the break in midweek. It was his first goal of the tournament and he is 4/1 to net with bet365.
As mentioned, Machester City starlet Sergio Gomez has scored three goals already this tournament and he is a tempting price to score anytime at 4/1 with Paddy Power.
Anything else catch the eye?
England can make history here and list the trophy for the first time in 29 years.
They are facing their hardest test yet, but they have a squad that has the potential to be the best of a generation. They are crammed with players who have first team experience and this final won't faze them. They have goals throughout their team too.
However, their proud record of not conceding a goal may be lost. This Spanish team have goals in them as Ukraine discovered when they went through the gears the other night.
There have been a lack of corners in the tournament – both semi-finals had seven. Go for under eight corners with Paddy Power at 17/10.
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