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England vs Norway, u-21 European Championship: Open Thread

After England’s disappointing one-nil loss against Italy in mid-week, Stuart Pearce’s under-21 team has an opportunity to pick up all the pieces and start all over again today in the team’s match against Norway, scheduled to kick off at Noon ET.

For viewers in the United States, the match is being shown live on ESPN Deportes and

In team news, Wilfried Zaha returns from injury to give the England team some flair up front. Danny Rose starts after serving his suspension, while Thomas Ince is also called up.

England starting XI: Butland, Smith, Dawson, Caulker, Rose, Lowe, Chalobah, Henderson, Ince, Zaha, Redmond

Norway starting XI: Nyland, Rogne, Strandberg, Elabdellaoui, Singh, Berget, Pedersen, Nielsen, Berge, Eikrem, Johansen.

England’s performance against Italy was flat, lacking creativity and featured a young side that appeared unmotivated to try to even up the score. Viewers should expect to see a reenergized England u-21 team today against a Norway side that drew 2-2 with Israel earlier this week.

Before, during or after today’s match, join the conversation about the game with football supporters from around the world.

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  1. Smokey Bacon

    June 8, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Very disappointing. Definitely need a change of direction after that. Pearce has never been a decent manager. Hoddle would be a good choice in the Dave Sexton mold, but I doubt he’d want it. So back to the drawing board. I’ve never been so down on England as now. I can see the car crash coming. We will not make it to Brazil and instead be cast into the wilderness like in the 70s.

    • Gary

      June 8, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      Blame the FA for their role in the academies they have set up and appointing people like Hodgson and Pierce. Unless there is change at the top I agree that England will go through a very bad patch.

  2. Phil Badger

    June 8, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    The biggest problem are the senior players who are young enough to qualify for this who aren’t in the squad. I’m talking Phil Jones, Rodwell, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilshere, Henderson, Welbeck, and maybe even Kyle Walker and Sturridge (still young enough?)

    Any players who I’ve listed above who aren’t hurt should be playing in this. None of them are senior squad regulars, but have them in this u-21 tournament as the backbone of the team, and see if they’re up to scratch in the future or not.

    Look at Spain’s squad, with De Gea, Isco, Thiago, etc.

    • Phil Badger

      June 8, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      disregard Henderson, forgot he is there.

  3. Matt

    June 8, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    “England superstars” 😉

    More English media hype, don’t worry there is always those foreign players to help English clubs compete in Europe. While in most other leagues in Europe there are doing a good job developing their own players for which they will get ridiculous money from EPL clubs, just a constant cycle

  4. Sammy

    June 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    England U-21 players are crap. Anyone who believes that the likes of Ince, Zaha, Henerson, Shelvey, etc. are any good have their answer today. These are as usual overrated and overyped English mediocrity. The future doesn’t look bright at all.

    • The Gaffer

      June 8, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      Personally, I blame the manager. With a better manager such as Glenn Hoddle in charge of these youngsters, they’d have a much better shot.

      The Gaffer

    • dust

      June 8, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      I agree Ince, Henderson, Zaha and Shelvey are crap, but Pearce’s selection is the problem, there are better players available, but Pearce is absolutely useless.

      Danny Rose, Caulker Adam Smith are not overhyped or crap Stuart Pearce’s selections are.

      Why Tom Carroll was left out is beyond me… the only Situation’s Pearce had no control of was Sterling and Townsend not being available and they are english and not crap.

      Why didn’t Pearce pick Jenkinson for right back? or Luke Shaw for Left back or Lloyd Isgrove while Townsend is out or Conor McAleny or Harry Kane upfront to name just a few.

      This uneducated bandwagon opinion of “all english players are just over hyped and crap” is absolutely ridiculous and simply not true… if you followed the u21 league or even the Next Gen series where English clubs with 80% english players took 3 out of the 4 semi final spots, or how Spurs Next Gen went to Barca’s fabled Next Gen and won 4-1 would know that…

      The problem is Pearce, and the general idiocy at the FA!

      You should have a show on sirius xm…i’m sure that where you borrow your opinions from.

      • Sammy

        June 8, 2013 at 3:08 pm

        These players are crap mostly because they lack the technical talents of others in their age group. Have you been watching the other teams?

        Yes, a better manager would help but I’m not convinced that he would be able to help with their technical skills.

        I agree that Pierce is clueless and should never have been appointed manager. That’s the fault of the FA.

        • dust

          June 8, 2013 at 11:17 pm

          the players you mentioned are technically lacking, but thats NOT ALL english players, caulker rose smith carroll are all technically proficient as many more are….

          When 90 % english Spurs team blew Barca away no one posted spanish football was crap or that barca players were made to look like 10 year olds.

          It’s just lazy and uninformed to say Every english player is technically deficient.

          It’s also rubbish that they have always been that way….

          Some of the most technically gifted players tpo have played the game have been English/British, Hoddle, Waddle, Barnes, Charlton, Edwards, Greeves, Matthews, Moore, Bonds, Law, Best, Gascoinge, Keegan, Sheringham,Venebles, Daglish, Banks, Shilton, (Yes keepers count, Banks revolutionized the way Keepers train too!) Rush, Fowler, Rooney, (Ash) Cole, (rio) Ferdinand, Blanchflower, Linker, Owen, Anderton, Campbell, McManaman, … i could continue for a lot longer… those are players off the top of my head with excellent technical ability that also impacted the game, and they happen to be English, Welsh, NI, Scottish, BRITISH over the last 60 years…

          Don’t be lazy…. educate yourself first..

          Rant over…

  5. rej4sl

    June 8, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    ESPN have so many channels, ESPN and ESPN 2 and ESPN U and ESPN classic so why can’t they show this tournament on t.v. to an English speaking audience.
    Comcast has blocked us from watching the Spanish speaking sporting channels except for BeIN Sports. Unless we pay them another bar of gold.

    • Guy

      June 8, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      The ratings would be so abysmal they probably couldn’t sell enough advertising to make it worthwhile.

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