Stuart Pearce's Under-21s squad reach their Euro 2013 base camp in Israel
England Under-21s landed in Israel on Sunday evening as the kick-off for Euro 2013 fast approaches.
Stuart Pearce and his 23-man squad made a short hop from their training camp in Turkey and looked relaxed and ready for what lies ahead.
They were greeted by hotel staff who presented them with an England cake, as players posed for photos and signed autographs for the watching guests.
With a week of on-pitch preparation behind them, the squad are now building for their opening game against Italy in Tel Aviv on Wednesday night.
Their first session in Israel is on Monday morning at their training base in Netanya.
The Three Lions will want to hit the ground running with a trio of tough group games in the space of a week.
Matches will come thick and fast and, after the meeting with the Azzurrini, they take on Norway on Saturday evening and then hosts Israel on Tuesday.
"It's a great setting for us, and Israel have been looking forward to staging this," Pearce told Sky Sports News on arrival at the hotel.
"There are some real blue chip nations in this tournament and on paper it's probably the strongest we've faced in my time.
"The players have had a fantastic week in Turkey and we've got everything we wanted out of the training.
"Both Nathaniel Chalobah and Wilf Zaha joined us yesterday so we've got a full complement now, which is really good, and we're looking forward to the start."
With temparatures in Israel rising above 30 degrees, Pearce says he and his coaching staff will manage the training schedule to allow the players to acclimatise to conditions.
"Our time in Turkey would have served us well, but it wasn't as warm as it is here. Evening kick-offs will help us too.
"We'll train at 10.30 tomorrow morning and review the training time accordingly if it is a little bit too warm."