Sunderland striker insists Young Lions can return home from Israel with the trophy
Connor Wickham believes England are genuine contenders to win the UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
The Sunderland striker was training in Israel for the first time alongside his Three Lions team mates on Monday as they build up for their opening game with Italy.
Their campaign starts in Tel Aviv on Wednesday and Stuart Pearce's side are in fine form, having won each of their last nine games.
And with Manchester United’s new man Wilfried Zaha
joining the group having fired Crystal Palace to the Premier League, Wickham believes England have every reason to be confident.
When asked about Zaha, Wickham said: "He is going to be on a massive high.
"He has done really well with what he has achieved this season, and he can only make the team stronger.
Wickham has been in a rich vein of form for the Under-21s recently, netting four times in his 13 appearance to date.
A first-team player with Ipswich Town from the age of 16, Wickham already has a European title to his name having lifted the U17s Championship with England in 2010.
He was also part of the Under-21s squad that travelled to the Finals in Denmark two years ago and hopes this summer's trip to Israel will end in victory.
"We have strength in numbers in every position," he told TheFA.com. "On our day I think we can beat anybody."
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