England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce said tomorrow’s opponents Italy “are an outstanding attacking force.”
The European Championships kick off in Tel Aviv on Wednesday at 19.30 UK time, opening Group A which also includes Norway and hosts Israel.
“The Italians are an outstanding attacking force, they have some real outstanding forward players, good experience, well-organised team and very hard working side as you would expect,” said Pearce in his Press conference.
“They will make a good impression on this tournament, I’m sure about that.”
The Azzurrini include Liverpool striker Fabio Borini, Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti and Napoli starlet Lorenzo Insigne.
“Our squad have got their tails up, they’re bright and look sharp, they’re pleased to be here and are looking forward to the first game.
“When we start our journey every two years we sit our players down and talk about winning the tournament.
“We’re here to win and I’ll be disappointed if the seven other teams didn’t have the same objective.
“Once I get 23 players behind me on an aeroplane, they are the ones I want to go into battle with. This group have a great spirit about them.”