Stuart Pearce wants another good year for the U21s with success in Israel this summer the aim
says England Under-21s are going to Israel in June with one main aim - to become European Champions.
The Young Lions secured their place at Euro 2013
following a perfect 2012. They won all six matches, without conceding a goal, which saw them top their qualifying group and progress into the Finals after play-off victory over Serbia.
It's the fourth successive Championship Pearce's side have qualified for, a record unmatched by any other nation in Europe.
And, after coming close in 2009, when they reached the Final, and in 2007, when they were knocked out on penalties in the semis, Pearce is determined to go all the way.
"We'll be going to win it," said Pearce, who will see his side line up against Italy, Norway and hosts Israel in the group stage in June.
"It's a good line to say, 'we're turning up to give the players a good experience', but our message, from two years ago when we started this campaign, is to win the tournament."
As Pearce prepares for his team's first game of 2013 against Sweden in Walsall next month
, he believes that the experience players will earn from the Finals will be vital as they aim for progression into the senior set-up.
Eight of Roy Hodgson's Euro 2012 squad had previously featured for Pearce at Under-21s Championships.
Meanwhile Andrea Pirlo, Italy's key man in Poland and Ukraine, and Juan Mata, scorer of Spain's fourth in the Final, have both scooped player of the tournament honours at recent Under-21s Championships.
"[The Under-21s Championship] mimics everything you are ever going to find at senior level," he told UEFA.com. "There are very few differences.
"It has everything you'll have to possibly go through – penalty shoot-outs, extra time, playing when you are fatigued, a lot of games in a short space of time.
"It is a great process for the young players to know what it's like to step onto that senior stage."
Next up for England Under-21s is a meeting with Sweden at Walsall's Banks's Stadium on Tuesday 5 February.
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