Tom Lees says England U21s have the right ingredients for Euro 2013
Tom Lees reckons England have the right ingredients to do well at the UEFA European Under-21s Championship in Israel.
Leeds United defender Lees is currently at the team’s training camp in Turkey as they prepare for next Wednesday's opener against Italy in Tel Aviv.
The 22-year-old has played five times for Stuart Pearce’s side since making his debut in September, and has helped keep clean sheets in each of those games.
And with a nine-match winning streak stretching back to November 2011 to continue, Lees believes England can succeed this summer.
"I think we've really got to go out there and be strong mentally and physically, and really take the group by the scruff of the neck,” said Lees, whose side will face the Italians, Norway and tournament hosts Israel in their group games.
“We've got a lot of good attacking players in the squad, so we've got plenty of goals in us.
“As you have seen in the qualifiers and in the friendlies in the last couple of months, we've kept a lot of clean sheets,” he added.
“If we carry on doing that, especially against the big boys in the tournament, then obviously that's a recipe for success."
He told UEFA.com: “It’s a real opportunity to show what you can do and hopefully we can do well in the tournament.
“We have some top players in the team and we so should go there to win it, and not to be intimidated by anyone.”
England kick-off their Finals campaign against Italy in Tel Aviv on 5 June and you can keep updated with us inside the camp, here on TheFA.com, via Twitter @FA or the official England Facebook page...