England U21 boss Lee Carsley praised his players as their build-up to their Euro 2023 qualifier has been disrupted. Their flight was cancelled shortly before they were due to leave. Then, two players and staff tested positive which led to the cancellation of their friendly. They finally prepare to face Kosovo in their first match of Group G.

“We very much turned the lads’ attention to the Kosovo game. I was really impressed with the mindset of the players,” England U21 boss Lee Carsley said. “We prepared for the game, we had done our last bit of match prep and got the news. The players’ welfare and health has to come first. We isolated the two straight away, followed the guidelines and began the re-testing.”

“The players adapted and got on with it, we had an in-house game the day after and we were able to travel to Luton to continue our preparation,” he added. “The two people were isolated straight away. They have been re-tested and re-joined the group now.”

Lee Carsley named Marc Guehi as the new captain of the squad following his £18m move to Selhurst Park from Chelsea.

“I was shocked at first but I was very pleased and privileged to be named captain,” he said. “He sees maybe something from a different perspective from the sidelines that maybe I can’t see but I know I’m quite a confident person and I want to help as many people as possible off and on the pitch.”

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