Stuart Pearce hopes to have Wilfried Zaha fit for opening game of the Euros
Stuart Pearce hopes to have Wilfried Zaha fit and firing for England's opening UEFA European Under-21 Championship clash with Italy on Wednesday.
Zaha has just completed a memorable season, having clinched a move to Manchester United before signing off in style from Crystal Palace by winning promotion
He and Nat Chalobah, who played for Watford in the play-off Final, joined up with Pearce's squad in Turkey on Saturday before they arrived at their tournament base in Israel.
On Monday morning the full 23-man squad trained for the first time in Netanya with their game against Italy fast approaching.
Zaha joined in for the warm-up before going off to do a lighter session on his own as he eases back into action.
And Pearce is hopeful he'll be ready for the Azzurrini clash.
"He has played a full season and had the Play-Off final. The plan for him was to do the warm up in training and then work with the physios.
"We will have a look on Tuesday to see where he is in regards to his fitness.
"He is in top form as you would expect. He got the move to Manchester United and then winning the Play-Offs was outstanding.
"He has left Palace in the Premier League and will be a cult hero there."