Steven Caulker believes England Under-21s will bounce back quickly for Norway clash
Steven Caulker says England Under-21s will bounce back after their opening day defeat at Euro 2013 as they look ahead to Norway in their next game.
A late goal from Italy's impressive forward Lorenzo Insigne was the difference between the two sides, but the Tottenham Hotspur defender admits England didn't play to their potential.
Caulker was also involved in huge moment for Stuart Pearce's men just after the break when he set-up Craig Dawson to head into the Italian's net.
However, while England were celebrating, the goal was disallowed and Caulker is still miffed as to the reasons why.
"The ball came across and I headed back to Daws to put it in," he said. "As far as I'm concerned it was a legitimate goal, but the referee has obviously seen something different.
"We had a bit of a wild celebration, as this tournament means a lot to us and we all want to win.
"Speaking to him after he said it was a push on the striker, but I'm not too sure. It was unfortunate, but to be fair they were the better side on the day."
The 21-year-old says the defeat, which ended a nine-game winning streak, hurt the England players, but knows they must put it behind them with games coming thick and fast.
On Saturday evening they travel down to Petah Tikva where they meet Norway, who drew 2-2 with hosts Israel in their first game.
"We're not kids, we know ourselves that it was not acceptable performance and we can do a lot better than that. We've been training really well, so it came as a bit of a shock, maybe that's the reallity check we needed."
"So we are bitterly disappointed, but we'll get together and prepare for Norway.
"It's a must win now. We wanted to get off to a good start against Italy, but we'll find our rythym and go again."