Rants and musings from the magazine team
England's first under-21 match, a goalless draw against Wales at Molineux, took place in 1976.
Since then, hundreds of young hopefuls have featured for the Lion Cubs (a nickname that, mercifully, hasn't caught on), but they haven't all gone on to star at senior level like the Beckhams, Rooneys and Jake Livermores of this world.
We've trawled the photo archives for snaps of England U21 sides down the years - do you recognise all the players? You can even have a stab at the results of all the matches, if you so wish.
Disclaimer: The only prizes are the ones you find deep within your soul
Click on the team photos for a larger version.
November 13, 1984 - Turkey v England
September 7, 1993 - England v Poland
November 15, 1994 - England v Republic of Ireland
May 30, 1997 - Poland v England
June 8, 1999 - Bulgaria v England
March 29, 2000 - Yugoslavia v England
May 24, 2001 - England v Mexico
August 19, 2003 - England v Croatia
You may think this is cheating a bit, but it's our quiz, so we'll do as we please.
Here are the starting XI from England U20's Toulon Tournament fixture against Argentina in 2003. Good luck...
June 13, 2003 - England U20 v Argentina U20
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