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Boothroyd signs new two-year deal as England Under-21 boss

England Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd has signed a new two-year deal, the Football Association has announced. Credit: PA

England Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd has signed a new two-year deal, the Football Association has announced.

The former Watford manager will remain in charge of the Young Lions until 2021.

Boothroyd will take England to the Under-21 European Championship in Italy and San Marino next month - where they will face France, Croatia and Romania - after guiding them to the semi-finals in 2017.

Boothroyd told www.thefa.com: "I'm delighted to sign an extension to my contract. I thoroughly enjoy this role working with excellent players, a fantastic group of staff and in an elite environment at St George's Park along with the other national coaches.

"For me, it's been especially rewarding to see so many players go up to the seniors from our development squads, whether making their debuts or establishing themselves in Gareth (Southgate)'s squad.

"This role is really about developing a group of players on and off the pitch that can help future England senior teams achieve success and I feel very privileged to continue doing so over the coming years."

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St Mary's to host England Euro 2020 qualifier

St Mary's Stadium to host England Euro 2020 qualifier against Kosovo Credit: PA

England's Euro 2020 qualifier against Kosovo will be played at Southampton's St Mary's Stadium.

The Football Association announced in March that the Three Lions' third home qualifier would be played away from Wembley.

The September 10 clash against Kosovo will be the second time St Mary's has hosted a senior men's fixture, following the 2-2 Euro 2004 qualifying draw with Macedonia in 2002.

England played at Leeds' Elland Road in a pre-World Cup friendly against Costa Rica last summer and took on Switzerland at the King Power Stadium in Leicester after the tournament.

Gareth Southgate's men will face Bulgaria at Wembley on September 7 in their first match after June's inaugural Nations League Finals.

England kicked off their Euro 2020 qualification campaign with a 5-0 home win against the Czech Republic, before overcoming Montenegro 5-1.

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Montenegro ordered to play European qualifier behind closed doors

Montenegro have been ordered to play their European Championship qualifier against Kosovo behind closed doors . Credit: PA

Montenegro have been ordered to play their European Championship qualifier against Kosovo behind closed doors after a number of their supporters racially abused England players last month.

Danny Rose, Raheem Sterling and Callum Hudson-Odoi were particularly targeted by groups of home fans within the Gradski Stadion in Podgorica as the Three Lions won 5-1 on March 25.

Sterling celebrated his goal in the game in front of the Montenegrin fans, who were heard directing monkey chants to England's black players.

The Football Association of Montenegro announced on Friday that UEFA has ordered Montenegro to play their June 7 qualifier at home to Kosovo in an empty stadium as a result.

Speaking immediately after England's win, Sterling called on UEFA to invoke a stadium ban as punishment.

"It is 2019 and I think there should be a real punishment for this, not just for the few people being banned," the Manchester City forward said.

"It needs to be a collective thing. This stadium holds 15,000 and I think the punishment should be that as a nation your fans are chanting racist abuse so I think it should be the whole stadium can't watch it.

"Then when that ban is lifted your fans will think twice not to do anything silly like that because they all love football, they all want to be there to support their nation so it will make them think twice to do something silly like that."

Bath and England's Watson to make injury return against Sale Sharks

England international Anthony Watson will make his comeback from injury when Bath face Sale Sharks in the Gallagher Premiership on Friday. Credit: PA

England international Anthony Watson will make his comeback from injury when Bath face Sale Sharks in the Gallagher Premiership on Friday.

Watson has been sidelined for 13 months due to an Achilles injury, undergoing two operations.

Watson, who has won 33 caps, lines up at full-back for Bath's trip to the AJ Bell Stadium.

The 25-year-old has not played since England's defeat to Ireland in their final match of the 2018 Six Nations.

But his return to action is a timely boost for club and country, with Bath still having a chance of reaching the Premiership play-offs and England's World Cup warm-up Tests being less than four months away. when Bath face Sale Sharks in the Gallagher Premiership on Friday.

Watson has been sidelined for 13 months due to an Achilles injury, undergoing two operations.

Watson, who has won 33 caps, lines up at full-back for Bath's trip to the AJ Bell Stadium.

The 25-year-old has not played since England's defeat to Ireland in their final match of the 2018 Six Nations.

But his return to action is a timely boost for club and country, with Bath still having a chance of reaching the Premiership play-offs and England's World Cup warm-up Tests being less than four months away.

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