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Preview: England Under-21s vs. Kazakhstan Under-21s

James Ward-Prowse of England during the International friendly match between England U21 and USA U23 at Deepdale on September 3, 2015 in Preston, EnglandEngland Under-21s will be hoping to secure back-to-back wins at the start of 2017 European Under-21 Championships qualifying campaign when they host Kazakhstan Under-21s at Coventry City's Ricoh Arena on Tuesday.

Gareth Southgate's side are in action at home for the first time this campaign, while Kazakhstan have won just once in their first three outings.

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Southgate's Young Lions turned their attention to qualification for the 2017 European Under-21 Championship last month, beating Norway in their opening fixture.

The side currently sit third in Group 9, but started their qualifiers late, having been in action in the 2015 tournament during the summer. It was a disappointing competition for the team, as they failed to progress to the knockout stage in the Czech Republic.

There has been a lot of change for the side since then, with their top scorers from the last qualifying campaign, Saido Berahino and Harry Kane, no longer eligible for the Unders, along with captain Jack Butland.

Southampton's James Ward-Prowse has taken over as skipper, and made an immediate impression, scoring the only goal in the win over Norway last time out.

Although they have only played one of their eight qualifiers so far, England are the only side with a 100% record in their qualifying group, although Switzerland are also unbeaten, having dropped their only points in a draw with Norway.

Southgate will know that an impressive qualifying record will not necessarily lead to success though, with the side winning nine of their 10 qualifiers for this year's tournament, before winning just once in the finals.

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Kazakhstan Under-21s

If Kazakhstan are to have a chance at reaching the 2017 tournament in Poland, they know that they need to start picking up points, having won just once in three outings so far this campaign.

Saulius Sirmelis's side made a bright start to qualifying, beating Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-1 in their opening fixture, before losing to Switzerland and Norway, leaving them fourth in the group.

While their opponents have had a month's break between fixtures, this will be Kazakhstan's second outing in five days, as they slipped to a 2-1 loss in Drammen in Norway on Thursday, conceding a late goal from Alexander Sorloth.

This is Kazakhstan's seventh attempt to qualify for the tournament, having always missed out in previous years. However, they showed an improvement ahead of the 2015 tournament, finishing third in their group with three wins, having failed to pick up any victories two years earlier.

22-year-old striker Roman Murtazayev was their top scorer in the previous campaign, but he is now too old for the squad. Rauan Sariyez is the most experienced of the Kazakhstan strikers in the squad for this match, having netted three goals in eight appearances for the Under-21s so far.

Kazakhstan have struggled at the back in their first three fixtures though, conceding in every match so far. Only Bosnia-Herzegovina, who have lost all three of their games, have let in more goals in Group 9.

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