Some Liverpool fans react to Curtis Jones' exclusion from England U21 starting XI

Sam Preston March 25, 2021
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Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones was left out of the starting eleven for England’s opening match of the Under-21 European Championship.

Young Lions boss Aidy Boothroyd persisted with the 3-4-3 system he used in qualifying.

Oliver Skipp, who is on loan at Norwich from Tottenham and Tom Davies of Everton took up the central midfield roles.

Meanwhile, Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi and Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe – making his debut at this level – played in the number ten positions.

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The decision did not pay off as England slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Switzerland.


Dan Ndoye’s 78th minute strike was fortunate in the sense that he slipped while striking the ball, and looped the ball off his standing foot and into the net.

Jones did eventually come on, replacing Merseyside rival Davies on 66 minutes but to no avail.

We’ve taken a look at how the initial decision not to start him went down with some fans on social media:

Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.