Deepdale

Next Game

England U21 v USA U23

Thursday, 03 September 2015, 19:45

U-21 International

Last Game

England U21 1 - 3 Italy U21

Wednesday, 24 June 2015, 19:45

European U-21 Champ Group B

Pearce demands one last effort

Stuart Pearce expects his England U21 squad to come out with all guns blazing in their final European Championship match against hosts Israel in Jerusalem on Tuesday night.

Last Updated: 11/06/13 at 16:08 Post Comment

Stuart Pearce: Confident U21s will finish with a victory

Stuart Pearce: Confident U21s will finish with a victory

Defeats to Italy and Norway have left England unable to qualify for the semi-finals, but Pearce - who is expected to give some of his fringe players a run-out against the hosts - says the players have a point to prove after two disappointing performances.

"We know our destiny now, we know this is our last game of the tournament, and it's important we go out with a victory, we certainly don't want to finish bottom of the group," Pearce said.

"The players have been very disappointed after the results of the first two games, but I think they are very focused.

"The training has been good and their application to listen to all the messages we have put their way has been fantastic.

"They are desperate to put in a performance and we are preparing as we normally do.

"I get the feeling the players are primed and ready. I don't think any country wants to come home from this tournament having not won a game."

Pearce confirmed that he wants to give a chance to those players who will be available for the next qualification campaign which begins in September.

"I never look to give my team away, but one thing I can tell you is that I'll select the team in view of the next campaign," he said.

"I have to make sure we have ten or eleven players within this group who can run through to the next campaign. That also tells you we have a very young squad coming here in the first place. The experience those young boys get in this tournament, even though we've not been successful, they'll take that with them forward."

Israel lost 4-0 to Italy but in their opening game they held Norway to a 2-2 draw and with 30,000 fans expected at the Teddy Stadium Pearce is expecting a difficult match.

"We do our homework on every team we face," said Pearce. "They are a high-energy team, very compact with two banks of four and two strikers.

"They are pretty rigid in their four-four-two, but I think when they do attack they attack with energy, their full-backs push on and they are very dangerous on the counter-attack.

"They'll be a fantastic test and I believe there is going to be a full-house here, which in itself is a great advert for Israeli football and the Under-21 tournament in general."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t's a bloody good goal, though. Sh!t, the kid's gonna be the worlds best before we know it, isn't he? He's got the touch of genius in him. Like Neymar, but with muscles and stuff. He's doing a Ronaldo as we watch. He's bulked up to be able to ride the tackles, but he's improved technically as well. His touch is sublime. Bugger.

HarryBoulton
WATCH: Hazard's stunning goal

A

hhh, Jose arguing with another managers wife, clearest sign yet that we are going mental during the close season. I am rocking back and forth on my haunches.

hump3.
Jose hits back at Rafa's wife

I

t's only a matter of time before one of them throws in a yo mamma

lee
Jose hits back at Rafa's wife

Footer 365

Chelsea fail with £25m bid for Everton's John Stones

Everton have rejected an improved bid of £25m from Chelsea for centre-half John Stones, according to Sky sources.

Jose: 'Cabaye move makes PL harder'

Jose Mourinho claims the transfer of players like Yohan Cabaye to mid-table clubs makes the PL "very, very hard" to win.

Real reopen talks over £28m De Gea deal

Real Madrid have reportedly reopened negotiations with Manchester United over David de Gea and may complete a deal in the coming days.

Mail Box

Mails: This Is My Perfect Moment

Lots of Mailboxers channel their inner Martine McCutcheon to bring you their perfect footballing moments. Plus thoughts on Blatter, names, and Chelsea worries...

Mails: Let's Talk About Jose's Failures...

We don't talk about them because Chelsea won the title...but imagine if LVG or Brendan Rodgers had signed Juan Cuadrado. Plus, a trawl through the squads...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company