The UEFA European Under-21 Championship kicks off on Friday, and Norwich City’s Jacob Murphy and Angus Gunn say they can’t wait to get started.
England face Sweden in the opening game at 5pm on Friday in Group A, before playing Slovakia on Monday June 19 (5pm). They finish their group against hosts Poland on Thursday June 22 (7.45pm).
While Sweden, who won the 2015 European Under-21 Championship, will be favourites in Group A, England – who have enjoyed wins over Germany and Portugal and a 4-0 thumping of Denmark in the last six months – will be confident of causing an upset and reaching a second final in eight years.
“I’m delighted I’ve been selected to represent my country,” says Jacob Murphy, talking exclusively to Norwich City TV. “I’ve already been to three camps during the off season with England and I worked hard so I’m glad I got selected. It’s good to meet up with a lot of exceptionally talented young English lads.
“The aim is obviously to win the tournament. It would be a massive achievement if we can, and that’s what we’re preparing for.”
Gunn, who is set to join Norwich City on a season-long loan from Manchester City on July 1, will be competing against Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford for the No.1 jersey. “Me and Jacob have both got immense pride going into the squad for the summer,” says Gunn, speaking to Norwich City TV.
“Fingers crossed we can get a few good results in the group stage and progress. With the squad we’ve got I think we’ve definitely got the potential to win the competition.
“Hopefully me and Jacob can both go out there and show our quality, and help the team win the competition.”
The 12 competing teams are split into three groups of four. Group B will see Macedonia, Portugal, Serbia and Spain compete for a place in the semi-finals, while Group C consists of Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany and Italy.
The three group winners will progress to the semis on Tuesday June 27, while the runner-up with the best record will complete the four semi-finalists. The final is three days later at the Krakow Stadium.