England Under-21s hold nerve to come from behind, beat Slovakia and top their European Championship group

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Redmond netted England's winner against Slovakia (Source: Getty)

England Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd hailed his courageous Young Lions after they staged a second-half fightback to beat Slovakia 2-1 and boost their hopes of qualifying for the knockout phase of the European Championship.

Staring down the barrel of elimination after trailing to a Martin Chien header, England stormed back and turned the clash on its head courtesy of goals from Alfie Mawson and Nathan Redmond.

Their win, coupled with Sweden’s 2-2 draw with hosts Poland, gave England a one-point cushion at the summit of Group A with one match to play.

Boothroyd said: “I thought if we lost or drew the game we were out. So we had to be bold, keep ourselves in the mix. I thought we deserved our win. We were the best team.”

Only the group winners and the best runner up from the three pools progress to the semi-finals.

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