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England vs Italy, u-21 European Championship, Group Stage: Open Thread

England kick off their first match in the under-21 European Championship today at 2:30pm ET (on ESPNU, ESPN Deportes and for viewers in the United States) against Italy.

The Group Stage match in Group A pits an England team managed by Stuart Pearce against an Italian side that Pearce says are favorites to win the group.

England starting XI: Butland, Clyne, Caulker, Dawson, Robinson, Henderson, Lowe, Shelvey, Redmond, Sordell, Wickham.

Italy starting XI: Bardi, Donati, Biraghi, Caldirola, Bianchetti, Verratti, Florenzi, Marrone, Immobile, Insigne, Borini.

Here’s the squad for England’s u21 European Championship (although there have been some changes such as Andros Townsend dropping out due to his betting charge).

Here’s an interview with England u21 manager Stuart Pearce from yesterday, speaking about today’s match and the conditions in Israel.

Before, during or after today’s match, join the conversation about the game with other soccer fans in the comments section below.

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  1. Gary

    June 5, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    The gulf between the two sides were obvious. Italy were better with the ball, more composed and were more skillful than England. If you’re a top league club looking for the next talented player you would not pick anyone from the English side.

  2. Dust

    June 5, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    How Italy didn’t win by more when we were missing Rose, Ince, Zaha, Toenswnd is beyond me.

    How Clyne, Sorrel and Wickam got in the starting line up is beyond me.

    Henderson was poor as was Shelvey Pearce had a nightmare selection wise. Shelvey over Tom Carroll do me a favor

  3. The Gaffer

    June 5, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    How does Stuart Pearce still have a job at this level when he was hopeless as a club manager?

    When Peter Taylor was managing England, this side looked a lot, lot better.

    The Gaffer

    • Patrick

      June 5, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      They did look uninspiring to say the least.

      • The Gaffer

        June 5, 2013 at 5:19 pm

        That’s the thing with Stuart Pearce. You would think that the man nicknamed Psycho would be able to light a fire under his players, but England always plays very flat and dour football when he’s in charge. England were poor in the last u-21 European Championships. They’re just as poor nowadays.

        The Gaffer

  4. The Gaffer

    June 5, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    England were lucky not to concede a penalty kick in the first half against Italy. It should have definitely been a spot kick for the Azzurri.

    The Gaffer

  5. Dust

    June 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Why is Danny Rose not Starting?

    • The Gaffer

      June 5, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      Danny Rose is suspended from the post-match brawl against Serbia.

      The Gaffer

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