Slovakia U21 v England U21

England U21 Training Session and Press Conference

England U21 Training Session and Press Conference

"It's knockout football now without a doubt", he said. We've got to win and then win and win the next one after that. But we have to beat the Slovakians first, who have had a brilliant start.

"We have to go full pelt for every game but at the same time because of the squad that we've got I've got to think about using everyone that's in it. But we have to win, so I've got to pick the best, even if some might be a bit exhausted".

Only the three group winners are guaranteed to progress, with one extra place for the best of the second-placed teams.

England Under-21s skipper James Ward-Prowse has admitted that he is eager to "put things right" at U21 Euro 2017 following a succession of disappointing tournament showings. Did they show they could win this competition?

And England Under-21 captain James Ward-Prowse has revealed that Southgate has been offering advice ahead of their clash with Slovakia.

Ward-Prowse said: "He's been around and pulled us individually and seen how we are". "They played a massive part in our qualifying campaign to get us here".

"We want to make sure that we're not having those same feelings's not a nice feeling when you don't reach the level that you should do". It was great to see him here, to show us there is a pathway for young English players.

While Ward-Prowse has been away Southampton sacked Claude Puel as manager but the midfielder is refusing to let the St Mary's uncertainty upset his plans with England.

He said: "Having spoken to Gareth at the time about the reasons why he took me off, it made me realise that I've got some things to work on and change". Although I didn't play in any more of that tournament it was a wake-up call.

"It is up to us as players to deal with it".

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