It's matchday as FA Editor Jamie Bradbury writes from inside the Under-21s camp
It's matchday here in Israel, the day we have been anticipating since that night in Serbia in October.
Italy are first up for Stuart Pearce's young team down in Tel Aviv, which is about an hour away from our base camp just north of Netanya.
It's been pretty hectic since Monday when the real business of the Euro 2013 Finals began for England.
Tuesday was what's known as 'matchday minus one' and involves the official pre-game duties from a media point of view; open training for 15 minutes and UEFA press conference after the session for manager and captain.
Usually, on the day before the game, teams can train at the match stadium, but to save the time travelling to and from Tel Aviv, the squad trained at Netanya again.
All the pre-match media talk seems to be focused on whether or not Wilf Zaha will play against Italy. He's trained every day and is certainly in the frame. Stuart Pearce says he's hopeful the Manchester United youngster will play.
Following training, myself, Scott (media officer), Jon (FATV) and Tony (security) had to hang around with Pearce and Jordan Henderson at the training ground for a spot of lunch before hopping over to the Netanya Stadium (where we could play in a potential semi-final) for the press activities.
While waiting for the presser to start, I had a chat with Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler and co-commentator Alan Smith who, like me, are at their fourth successive Under-21s Championship.
Both have been big supporters of Stuart's team and have been impressed with what they've seen of the squad so far in Israel.
Stuart and Jordan were both clearly excited to be back at the Finals and looking forward to getting the games started.
Jordan got into the match spirit by having a go on FIFA 13 back at the hotel in the afternoon.
The PlayStations are set up in the kit room, a big area for the lads to relax and have some downtime. Jordan, Jack Robinson and Tom Ince were playing a competitive round-robin, with much banter flying around.
I'm not surprised Tom wanted some relaxation time, though. At the end of training in the morning, he and Danny Rose - who are both suspended for the first game - were put through their paces with some speed and agility work by John Iga, the fitness coach, and Phil Neville.
I was tired just watching them, but it's given me some more ideas for when my club starts pre-season training next month!
As a coach myself - but by no means the standard we have here - I'm lucky to be able to get close to the sessions and it's helped me learn so much, which I've been able to put into practice with my own teams.
On Tuesday night, just before dinner, we had our latest installment of Under-21s Twitter Chats. Since our away trip to Iceland at the start of the campaign, we've got a player to take part in a fans' Q&A on our @FA Twitter feed
before every game.
Last night it was Steven Caulker's turn, and he was very good and rattled through a dozen on so questions between a team meeting and dinner. Jon filmed it as usual, so if you missed it you can watch it here
While I was typing it all up in the office after, I put on one of the tournament caps that has been sitting next to my computer since we got here. Seconds later Stuart walked in: "You look like an American high school student, Randy Blueberry," he laughed.
In my best American accent, that actually sounded more like our Welsh goalkeeping coach Martin Thomas, I responded. "Hey, coach, maybe you should wear it tomorrow night for the soccer game."
Today, after a run through of the set-plays on the pitch here at the hotel, I had a little chat with Jason Steele about FA Vase winners Spennymoor Town. Steeley's mate plays for The Moors and he expects them to get promoted next season. I hope he's right.
But first our concern is tonight's game. It's going to be a long day as kick-off here is at 9.30pm, and the schedule says we'll not be back for dinner until 1am. Hopefully we'll be celebrating three points too.
I’ll continue these blogs throughout the tournament and hopefully offer an insight into the England team set-up and what’s going on here in Israel. If you have any questions or would like to get in contact, you can follow me on Twitter @jamiebradbury or email editor@TheFA.com.