Sweden U21
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ByTheMinEurope

Afternoon all - Are we missing football yet? Well we have a feast of tournaments to get you through the summer with the Confederations Cup and the Women's Euros, but we kick it all off with the UEFA European U21's Championship which start in Poland this afternoon and the opening fixture sees the holders Sweden take on good old England!!

It has been a very decent couple of weeks or so for the England age group sides, with the U17's reaching the European Championship FInal, a win in the Toulon Tournament and of course the triumph of the U20's in the World Cup. This age group has been a bit of a disappointment in recent times, but can Aidy Boothroyd's men take the Three Lions to a first triumph in this competition for over 30 years.

It will be a tough ask for England to win this expanded tournament which for the first time features 12 teams. The sides have been divided into three groups of 4 nations, with only the group winners and the best runner up making the semi-finals. England have been drawn alongside the holders Sweden, Slovakia and the host nation Poland.

England then kick off proceedings at 5pm and the teams are in. So let's have a look shall we?

England of course haven't sent the strongest squad available to them. There are the likes of Dele Ali, Marcus Rashford, Eric Dier and Raheem Sterling who of course are eligible to play for the U21's but have been with the senior squad. Stuart Pearce on Sky now saying that Rashford should be in this tournament rather than as a bit part player for the full team.

Kick off is in about 45 minutes so I'll be back for that soon. Until then I'm going to be watching David Prutton struggle to be the front man of the Sky coverage. Decent pundit, not sure he's the best presenter. And I much prefer him when he looked like this.

Lee Hendrie on punditry duty for Sky as well today. Not sure he has grasped the concept of the U21 part of the tournament as he keeps talking about "good young players" in each side. Inherently Lee they are all good young players.

Sky giving us the full FIFA treatment with the commentary team. Martin Tyler and Alan Smith on duty for this one as the teams enter the stage. It's been absolutely hammering it down in Kelice so should be a zippy pitch. Anthems time!!

England first. Everyone of them singing which is nice to see. All crap like, but it's not the X Factor is it!

Sweden next and they have loads of support travelling with them, with one end full of yellow shirts and flags. Anthem belted out but a bunch of mental scandinavians.