Under-21 captain Jordan Henderson says England will aim to bounce back from loss to Italy
England 0-1 Italy
UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Group A match
7.30pm (BST), Wednesday 5 June 2013
Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv
Live on Sky Sports
England captain Jordan Henderson says he still doesn't know why Craig Dawson's goal was disallowed in a 1-0 defeat against Italy in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship Finals - but admits his team will have to improve dramatically to get out of Group A.
Dawson thought he had put Stuart Pearce's side 1-0 up in Tel Aviv but saw his effort disallowed for a foul in the build-up - and Italy then clinched victory with a free-kick goal from Lorenzo Insigne.
Henderson said: "We didn't play as well as we could have to be honest.
"It was a difficult game, Italy played quite well and kept the ball well at times. But I still think we can play a little bit better than that and keep the ball a lot better.
"We tried to press them high up in the first 20 minutes or so, and it wasn't really working, they were picking us off a little bit. So we sat a little deeper and I think that worked better.
"They found us hard to break us down and we tried to get them on the counter. But definitely not one of our best performances. We've got to learn from it and look forward to the next game."
Henderson continued: "We're disappointed our goal wasn't allowed because it could have been a different game.
"I didn't see anything wrong with it and I still don't know why it was disallowed. Everyone was celebrating and it was a good few minutes before we realised."
The Liverpool man added: "It might have been a different story if our goal was allowed. That's football and you've got to get on with those things.
"Overall it was disappointing but we have to pick ourselves up for the next two games"
Henderson sees plenty of room for improvement when England take on the Norwegians - who drew 2-2 with hosts Israel in their opening match - on Saturday. He has urged his team-mates to grab the opportunity.
"We have to pick ourselves up now because there are two games to go and we have to be ready for them. There are still positives to find." said Henderson.
"We just have to keep on going, make sure we do our recovery right.
"We can't get too disheartened by the performance and the result. We have to stay positive and hopefully we can get a good result against Norway.
"We have two games to win to get out of the group and it doesn't really matter how you do it. We'll be ready.
"We've still got a long way to go and we're confident we can acheive what we want to achieve and hopefully we can start that by getting a good result against Norway."
1 Jack Butland, 2 Nathaniel Clyne, 4 Steven Caulker, 6 Craig Dawson, 9 Jack Robinson, 8 Jordan Henderson, 10 Jason Lowe, 18 Jonjo Shelvey (14 Josh McEachran, 75) , 19 Nathan Redmond, 21 Marvin Sordell (12 Nathaniel Chalobah, 65), 22 Connor Wickham (20 Nathan Delfouneso, 82)
Substitutes not used 13 Jason Steele, 23 Declan Rudd, 3 Adam Smith, 5 Andre Wisdom, 7 Tom Lees, 15 Wilfried Zaha, 17 Henri Lansbury
Coach Stuart Pearce
Bookings Jason Lowe, 66; Nathaniel Clyne 78
1 Francesco Bardi, 2 Giulio Donati, 3 Cristiano Biraghi, 4 Marco Verratti, 6 Luca Caldirola (c), 7 Alessandro Florenzi, 8 Luca Marrone, 9 Ciro Immobile (11 Manolo Gabbiadini, 60), 10 Lorenzo Insigne, 13 Matteo Bianchetti, 20 Fabio Borini (14 Mattia Destro, 78)
Substitutes not used 12 Simone Colombi, 22 Nicola Leali, 5 Marco Capuano, 15 Nicola Sansone, 16 Andrea Bertolacci, 17 Alberto Paloschi, 18 Riccardo Saponara, 19 Vasco Regini, 21 Fausto Rossi, 23 Marco Crimi
Coach Devis Mangia
Goals Lorenzo Insigne, 79
Bookings Lorenzo Insigne, 90; Matteo Bianchetti, 88
Referee Antony Gautier