Stuart Pearce watched his side fall 3-1 and exit the tournament at the group stage for the second consecutive tournament while Devis Mangia's side thrashed hosts Israel
Stuart Pearce watched his Young Lions succumb to a second consecutive defeat in the European Under-21 Championship as Norway clinically raced into a three-goal lead before a late consolation.
England began brightly as Pearce welcomed back Wilfried Zaha, Tom Ince and Adam Smith to the starting XI, but lax defending from a corner saw centre-back Fredrik Semb Berge turn and fire beyond Jack Butland.
Despite offering more of an attacking threat via the bright Ince and Nathan Redmond, England remained shaky at the back and Steven Caulker lost Jo Inge Berget, who sneaked in behind the Spurs centre-half to volley powerfully beyond Butland to give Norway a two-goal half-time lead. Caulker would also see a header ruled out for offside.
Moments after half-time, Magnus Eikrem arrived on the edge of the box to rifle a third into the England goal, and although Craig Dawson won and converted a penalty, Pearce's side could not claw themselves back into the contest.
With two defeats from two, England exit at the group stage for the second consecutive tournament.
Italy Under-21s 4-0 Israel Under-21s
With a win under their belts, Italy were looking to seal early qualification to the semi-finals with a win over hosts Israel and they did so with ease at the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv.
Riccardo Saponara's well-struck volley gave the Azzurrini the lead on 18 minutes before Eyal Golasa saw red for the hosts after a two-footed lunge. With the man advantage, Devis Mangia's side began to exert their influence on proceedings and it wasn't long before Bologna's Manolo Gabbiadini fired a left-footed strike into the bottom corner.
Gabbiadini then doubled his tally for the evening in the 53rd minute with a powerful low free kick beyond Boris Kleyman.
With 20 minutes remaining Roma midfielder Alessandro Florenzi played a neat one-two on the edge of the box and burst beyond the Israeli backline, sidefooting beyond Kleyman to wrap up a comfortable 4-0 win.
However, the joy at progressing to the semi-finals was tempered somewhat as Italy watched the lively Lorenzo Insigne require a stretcher following a bad first-half tackle.