Gareth Southgate has urged his players to follow the seniors example when they face San Marino
England Under-21s head to San Marino on Wednesday with a "professional job" in mind.
Gareth Southgate takes an attack-minded squad to the principality, knowing that his team will be expected to clock up a big scoreline at the very least.
But having seen San Marino’s performances and results during this campaign so far, which included a memorable victory over Wales last month, Southgate knows it won’t be as simple as most onlookers would expect.
The head coach said: “They haven’t been thumped by anyone in this campaign and they beat Wales last month.
“Our first team went there this year and were very professional and we need to be the same.
“So it’s more an approach of how we deal with facing five at the back and four in front of them and making it tough for us to break them down.
“And then we have to make sure that our concentration is right defensively, so we don’t get hurt at the other end.
“Any team in any given game can score a goal against you, but can we go and score early on and put a marker down.”
Having started their Euro campaign with a win and a draw against Moldova and Finland respectively last month, Southgate now wants to see his side improve their goalscoring return to make a real mark on the group table.
He added: “Last month, we did a lot of good things but we weren’t ruthless enough so we’ve got to slowly start to crank the pressure on the players.”
After Thursday’s game, England return home to continue their preparations for next Tuesday’s game with Lithuania at Portman Road.
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