We are here to win the tournament, declares England Under-21 boss Pearce

The 51-year-old insists that he wants to continue as manager beyond this European Championship and is expecting big things from his side in Israel as they prepare to face Italy
Stuart Pearce has targeted European glory for his England Under-21 side ahead of their opening game against Italy in Tel Aviv on Wednesday.

England have won the Under-21 European Championship only twice in their history and Pearce is confident his side have the talent to emerge triumphant.

"When we start our journey every two years, we sit our players down and we talk about winning the tournament. We are here to win the tournament," Pearce told reporters.

"I would be really disappointed if there was not seven other nations here not here to win it as well. That is the message I only ever send out to the squad."

Pearce also confirmed that he would like to continue as the boss of the Under-21s beyond this summer's tournament and made it clear it was an easy decision.

He added: "I'm absolutely delighted with the job I do, I really enjoy working with young players and have a real passion for it.

"Every time you set foot in a big tournament you are armed with a bit more experience and decisions become easier to make."

England face Italy at 19.30BST on Wednesday evening and will be looking to improve on their group stage exit last time around.