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John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

England simply weren't good enough to avoid Euro U21 elimination vs Italy

A brace from Marco Benassi earned Italy a 3-1 victory over England but was not enough to advance to the semi-finals of the U-21 European Championships.
Harry Kane & Co. simply couldn't handle the experience of Italy's U21 team and it showed in a 3-1 defeat.

Linear and lacking in ideas, organisation that collapsed as soon as serious pressure was placed upon its structure, concentration lapses, snatched finishes and hard-luck stories: England's exit from the European Under-21 Championships was a classic in a footballing nation's genre of delivering failure at international tournaments.

The boys of 1984 (the year England last won this competition) are now in their 50s and as much of Gareth Southgate's team passes the age of eligibility for the U21...

 By Chris Wright

UEFA rules force England U-21s to make 130m bus trip

For whatever reason, UEFA gameday protocol states -- nay, demands -- that squads travel to any and all of their sanctioned matches aboard an official team bus.

As such, with a European U-21 Championship tie vs. Sweden in the offing on Sunday, England's youngsters loaded up their coach, clambered aboard and hit the road bound for the Androv Stadium in Olomouc, Czech Republic.

The stadium, it should be noted, is situated a mammoth 127 metres from the front doors of their team hotel.

Thankfully for...

England get lucky with U21 win over Sweden and must learn from mistakes

An impressive late volley from Jessie Lingard propels England to their first win of the U21 European Championship in this Group B clash.

England's U21s looked doomed. After 84 minutes of repeatedly bashing their heads off Sweden's two disciplined banks of four, Man United's Jesse Lingard lashed home an unlikely winner and saved Gareth Southgate's side from what seemed like another humiliatingly early exit.

It would be stretching the truth to say that England deserved three points for the nature of their play. But perhaps they deserved a second chance for the nature of their intentions. This is an England side trying to do the...

John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Gulf in class leaves England adrift of Portugal in Under-21 opener

Joao Mario managed to score the only goal of the match, as Portugal defeated England 1-0 in the UEFA Under 21 European Championship.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley does not take anything away from Jack Wilshere's two goal performance against Slovenia, but picks at Adam Lallana's dive where it appears not many are talking about.
The England U21 squad arrived in the Czech Republic for the European championship. Alex Pritchard says the team are in good spirits ahead of their opening game on Thursday.

If this was the England of the future, then it looked disturbingly like those of the past. Already, the under-21 team's chances of progressing beyond the group stages of the European Championship lie in serious doubt.

As at the senior level, a distinct gap in technique between England and their Portuguese opponents proved the difference. The young Englishmen were driven to the type of distraction that befell their older brothers during major tournament exits in 2000, 2004 and 2006. Once Portugal...

John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Kane, Ings and Berahino hope to emulate lost England generation

England U21 midfielder Alex Pritchard says Gareth Southgate's Lions are ready for the European Championships this summer.

Peter Hucker, Mel Sterland, Danny Thomas, Gary Stevens, Dave Watson, Mark Chamberlain, Kevin Brock, Paul Bracewell, Steve Hodge, Mark Hateley, Howard Gayle, Mich D'Avray, Gary Bailey, Derek Mountfield, Nick Pickering, Nigel Callaghan; Danny Wallace.

To those of a certain age, such names resemble a decent haul of Panini football stickers but together they hold a special place in English football history.

Here were the young men who made up the national team's last U21 European Championship-winning...

How far can Harry Kane carry England at the U21 European championship?

The England U21 squad arrived in the Czech Republic for the European championship. Alex Pritchard says the team are in good spirits ahead of their opening game on Thursday.
Harry Kane faces a big summer with England at the U21 European championship. Can he handle it?

The next fortnight will be a huge test, not just for the England U21 team, but for Harry Kane. There are high hopes for the young Tottenham striker but there is pressure, too. In a tough group with Portugal, Italy and Sweden, everyone will look to him to lead the line. We will learn much from the way he performs in the Czech Republic and how he conducts himself.

Kane's continued development is not just a concern for Spurs. The nation needs him as well. As John Brewin explained this week, the...