Demarai Gray hoping to avenge England U21s’ semi-final heartbreak at Euro 2019

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Demarai Gray admitted England Under-21s’ semi-final heartbreak still hurts as he targeted victory at Euro 2019. The Leicester winger is out to avenge the Young Lions’ penalty defeat to Germany two years ago. England fly to Italy on Friday ahead of the Group C opener with France in Cesena on June 18. 🎥 Two midlands boys on @England U21 media duty at @StGeorgesPark today following confirmation of this summer’s #U21EURO squad. pic.twitter.com/NWuV0GqKox — Andy Walker (@_andywalker_) May 27, 2019 Gray is one of three players in the squad – along with Tammy Abraham and Angus Gunn – who reached the last four in Poland in 2017 and he is still wounded from the 4-3 shoot-out loss. “We threw the game away by being sloppy at a set-piece. That still annoys me because we were so close to winning it,” said the 22-year-old. “We battered Germany in the semi-final and were 2-1 up when we conceded the sloppy equaliser. Everyone was raving about Spain in the tournament but Germany beat them in the final. ACTION: Demarai Gray attacks down the right wing for England U21 against Switzerland pic.twitter.com/taF3WfdshC — England (@England) March 26, 2016 “We were so close. Now I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to go back and this time hopefully go to the end. “It’s my birthday two days before the final but forget that, I just want to win the tournament. “Over the last few years from the under-17s upwards we have been winning trophies or at least getting to the semi-finals of tournaments. Demarai Gray (pictured) will turn his attention to breaking into Gareth Southgate’s senior squad after the summer (John Walton/PA) “We are trying to make the nation be the best country out there at all age levels. This is the biggest tournament outside of senior level this summer, it is my last Euros, and I want to win it to end my under-21s career on a high.” England also face Romania and Croatia with just the group winners guaranteed to progress to the last four. It is Gray’s last shot at under-21s glory and he will turn his attention to breaking into Gareth Southgate’s senior squad after the summer. #lcfc’s @22Demarai training with the #YoungLions today 🦁@England Under-21s face Poland tomorrow evening with five Foxes potentially in action: 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Barnes, Choudhury, Gray, Maddison🇵🇱 Kapustka pic.twitter.com/dlfcvhnwP0 — Leicester City (@LCFC) March 20, 2019 “I’ve had a little taste. If you are doing well for your club, the manager will pick you. It’s as simple as that,” said the former Birmingham man. “That’s good to know and it gives everyone a bit of comfort to know the senior manager is prepared to bring through anyone who is doing well no matter how old they are. “The next generation is coming through now and they are free to express themselves. “You see players now like Jadon (Sancho) who plays with real freedom. It’s good for the nation and the future England teams. It is very exciting.” Topics Demarai Gray Cardiff City 0 Leicester City 1: Gray goal seals emotional Foxes win Interview: Demarai Gray – ‘Ranieri has improved me so much already, but now I want more goals’ Referee right to book Gray after chairman tribute – Leicester boss Puel Why Demarai Gray is the Championship’s most exciting youngster Priestman praises Neville’s world-class man-management skills Stuart Dallas talks up Northern Ireland’s never-say-die attitude Davies defends under-fire Wales boss Giggs from ‘nitpicking’ critics Griezmann will join Barcelona, insists Atletico chief executive Real Madrid sign defender Mendy from Lyon 5 areas where Liverpool can improve this summer – and get to the next level Arsenal could sell English defender to Lazio for just £12.5m – report 10 botched transfers you might not know about 9 bold transfer predictions that will DEFINITELY happen this summer Tottenham ‘open talks’ for Real Madrid target, but Lyon want €75m

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