Stuart Pearce insists that his England Under-21 side are not favourites for this summer’s European Championships, according to Sky
The Young Lions will head to Israel this summer in top form, having won their last eight matches – including a 3-0 victory over Romania last week – without conceding a single goal.
But boss Pearce believes that England should concentrate on progressing from a tough group – which includes hosts Israel, Norway and Italy.
Pearce said: “I don’t fear what’s in front of us. I won’t be putting unnecessary pressure on the players…We’ll give the players a great experience.
“We hope they can take this country as far as they can – all the way to the final. But we will only be favourites in England. It is going to be a tough group for us.”
The 50-year-old’s side finished top of their qualification group for the championships, having seen off the likes of Norway and Belgium, the latter of whom gave England their only defeat.
England’s Under-21s reached the final of the European Championships back in 2009 but were convincingly beaten 4-0 by Germany in the final.
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