Boothroyd wants more from Young Lions for Slovakia clash

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England made up for dropping two points in their tournament opener, which saw them draw 0-0 with Sweden, by coming from behind and beating Slovakia 2-1 at the Kielce Stadium on Monday.

Cue Swansea City defender Alfie Mawson, who equalised shortly after half time, before Southampton winger Nathan Redmond got England properly back on track with a fine victor.

"But we have to win so I've got to pick the best team".

The victor of each of the three groups qualifies automatically, with the best second-placed team also going through.

Chrien headed in after 23 minutes as England struggled to get going but after replacing Mason Holgate with Jacob Murphy at the break they began to recover. Nathan Redmond scored the victor on a breakaway.

Victory puts qualification from the group stages nearly in England's own hands and Boothroyd was delighted with the second half performance.

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The Young Lions went behind midway through the first half when Martin Chrien looped a header over new Everton signing Jordan Pickford.

Even another draw could leave the Young Lions staring elimination in the face, and you can get odds of 13/5 (3.60) on them enduring another frustrating stalemate at the Kolporter Arena.

The goalscorer Mawson is developing something of a reputation in front of goal having been one of only three centre-backs to find the net four or more times in the last Premier League season. We rode our luck a little bit with him playing there but he had the desired effect. I was so frustrated about the goal.

"He's right, that's what we did to open it up and play through them".

Slovakia coach Pavel Hapal said: "We were the better team".

Boothroyd said: "We have to go full pelt for every game but at the same time, because of the squad that we've got, I've got to think about using everyone". "He's been up there on his own and he has not got his goal over the two games but he doesn't half work hard for the side".

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