England U21s Coach Steve Wigley updates from the training camp in Turkey
England Under-21s Coach Steve Wigley says the Three Lions players are building up well for their European Championship
campaign, which starts in Israel next week.
The Young Lions are in the middle of a week-long training camp in Turkey before flying on to Tel Aviv before their opener against Italy on 5 June.
They'll arrive at the Finals on a run of nine straight wins without conceding a goal, so confidence is high.
And Wigley has been impressed with the facilities at their base near Antalya and says the team are working to reach peak condition by the time they come face to face with the Azzurrini.
"This is a lovely venue, really good training facilities and the pitches are fantastic," said the former Nottingham Forest winger. "It gives us a great base to build up to next week's opener.
"We had a few lads who arrived with some niggles, so we've let them have some rehab, but in general so far we've had about 14 lads training out on the pitch each day.
"They're just starting to get up to speed, but the one thing with this lot is holding them back a bit, they are so keen. Some of them have had a week or so off before coming here, so we have been trying to get the balance right so they can peak at the right time - next Wednesday against Italy."
Wigley is also pleased with the spirit in the camp as the players train hard, but also have chance to relax in the afternoons.
"This group are great together and we've seen that from the word go," said Wigley.
"They've been training hard in the mornings, but the afternoons are theirs. Some of them have been playing golf, others sitting around and relaxing. But everyone does things that suit them this week and we're here to help them along the way.
Wigley has been Pearce's number two in the young Lions camp for the last six years and, like England, this will be his fourth consecutive European Championship, so he knows what to expect.
With time to work on things in training, Wigley says preparation this week is vital, with games coming rapidly once they land in Israel.
And he also believes that this tournament, with the like of Spain, Germany and Holland - who between them have won the last four competitions - will be the toughest he's attended.
"This is the one time when we'll be together for about three weeks and you see the team grow and evovle," continued Wigley.
"Before the tournament starts, that's when you have to get most of your coaching points in.
"Once the games begin they come thick and fast, it's playing and recovery. So this week is about getting as much in as you can, knowing that when it starts the boys are ready."
He continued: "I've been to a few tournaments now and enjoyed them, but you realise, with that experience, how important it is to get a good start.
"You need to make sure all your players are fit and available for that first game and then it's just managing the tournament. We both have a lot experience, so do the staff.
"We're all looking forward to this tournament, though. I've never been to Israel before and you only have to look at the standard of teams who have qualified, this is probably the toughest tournament I've been to. Whoever wins it will be very worthy winners."
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...