Stuart Pearce says his Under-21s team will be fully prepared for Euros in Israel
Stuart Pearce says he'll take his England Under-21s team to Israel next month fully prepared after three previous tournaments with the young Lions.
Pearce named a 23-man squad for the UEFA European Championship Finals on Tuesday
, which includes new boy Callum McManaman, and says his previous experience has help him plan for the Finals.
England, under Pearce, have reached a Semi-Final and a Final in their last three competetions and with games coming thick and fast, and he believes recovery between matches in Israel will be vital.
"You need to make sure you keep injuries to a minimum, making sure recovery is right, and not over-cook the players at the end of the season when they have had a long campaign," he told TheFA.com.
"They are the important things to think about when you are going into a tournament.
"If I roll the clock back and look at my preparation three tournaments ago, I was unsure in my own mind of what worked and what didn’t.
"I now know full well what is the right thing to do as I’ve seen the results of that. Getting the balance between rest and focus."
He continued: "The importance of the whole squad, not just 1 to 11, but 12 to 23, they are the most important players you have.
"The one thing you do know is that the team that starts the tournament will not be the team that finishes it, that is a fact.
"I don’t think any team has ever relied on just eleven players for every game, certainly not the winning team."
Pearce's side are currently on a hot streak, having won their last nine successive games. In that time they have not conceded a single goal, while scoring 22.
In that kind of form, Pearce and his side will be full of confidence ahead of their opening game against Italy in Tel Aviv on 5 June.
However, the coach also hopes that, after the tournament, some of his young stars can follow in the footsteps of previous Under-21s graduates.
"It’s good to look back and see the development of where certain players have gone," added Pearce.
"If someone would have said to me Ryan Bertrand would be a Champions League winner, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling would have gone straight into the full England squad, Walker, Welbeck, Sturridge and various other players who have gone on to achieve things, I’d have thought ‘yeah, great’.
"You hope that in two years’ time after this tournament, we’re going to have the same number of players who go on to the seniors having developed a great understanding of tournament football."
England Under-21s Squad
(Stoke City), Declan Rudd
(Norwich City), Jason Steele
(Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Clyne
(Southampton), Craig Dawson
(West Bromwich Albion), Tom Lees
(Leeds United), Danny Rose
(Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Shaw
(Southampton), Adam Smith
(Tottenham Hotspur), Andre Wisdom
(Watford - loan from Chelsea), Jordan Henderson
(Liverpool), Tom Ince
(Blackpool), Henri Lansbury
(Nottingham Forest), Jason Lowe
(Blackburn Rovers), Josh McEachran
(Chelsea), Callum McManaman *
(Wigan Athletic), Jonjo Shelvey
(Liverpool), Andros Townsend
(Queens Park Rangers - loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
(Bolton Wanderers), Connor Wickham
(Sunderland), Wilfried Zaha
(Crystal Palace - on loan from Manchester United)
* McManaman ruled out due to injury
Fans not travelling to Israel to see England in action can watch all the games live on Sky Sports.
England's Group Fixtures
5 June v Italy, Tel Aviv (7.30pm)
8 June v Norway, Petah Tikva (5pm)
11 June v Israel, Jerusalem (5pm)
KO times BST
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