The basics: #U21EURO Group A preview

Hosts Poland, holders Sweden and two-time winners England are all in Group A – when are the games, who are the players to watch and which senior internationals will be in action?

England look like being strong contenders in Poland
England look like being strong contenders in Poland ©Getty Images

UEFA.com takes a closer look at the U21 EURO Group A contenders ahead of the start of the action on Friday.

ENGLAND

Fixtures: Sweden (16 June, Kielce), Slovakia (19 June, Kielce), Poland (22 June, Kielce)
One to watch: Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea)
Players with senior caps
: Calum Chambers, Nathan Redmond, James Ward-Prowse
Top scorer in qualifying: Marcus Rashford, Chuba Akpom (3)
Manager: Aidy Boothroyd
U21 EURO best: winners 1982, 1984

Highlights: #UCL and #UEL stars heading to U21 EURO
Highlights: #UCL and #UEL stars heading to U21 EURO

POLAND

Fixtures: Slovakia (16 June, Lublin), Sweden (19 June, Lublin), England (22 June, Kielce)
One to watch: Dawid Kownacki (Lech Poznań)
Players with senior caps: Paweł Dawidowicz, Bartosz Kapustka, Karol Linetty, Mariusz Stępiński
Coach: Marcin Dorna
U21 EURO best: debut

SLOVAKIA

Fixtures: Poland (16 June, Lublin), England (19 June, Kielce), Sweden (22 June, Lublin)
One to watch: László Bénes (Borussia Mönchengladbach)
Players with senior caps: László Bénes, Matúš Bero, Tomáš Huk, Adam Jakubech, Stanislav Lobotka, Branislav Niňaj, Albert Rusnák, Pavol Šafranko, Milan Škriniar, Denis Vavro, Adam Zreľák
Top scorer in qualifying: Adam Zreľák (5)
Coach: Pavel Hapal
U21 EURO best: third 2000

Watch highlights of Sweden's 2015 triumph
Watch highlights of Sweden's 2015 triumph

SWEDEN

Fixtures: England (16 June, Kielce), Poland (19 June, Lublin), Slovakia (22 June, Lublin)
One to watch: Niclas Eliasson (Norrköping)
Players with senior caps: Franz Brorsson, Filip Dagerstål, Gustav Engvall, Alexander Fransson, Melker Hallberg, Jacob Larsson, Adam Lundqvist, Kerim Mrabti, Joakim Nilsson, Kristoffer Olsson, Muamer Tanković, Linus Wahlqvist
Top scorer in qualifying: Kristoffer Olsson, Gustav Engvall (3)
Coach: Håkan Ericson
U21 EURO best: winners 2015

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