Jason Lowe will hope to earn his 10th cap for England’s Under-21s when they kick off their European Championship campaign tonight.
The Rovers midfielder has been a regular starter for Stuart Pearce’s side, who face Italy in their opening Group A game.
The Young Lions have won their last nine international matches, without conceding a goal, and Jason believes England must reproduce their form from qualifying if they are to achieve European success this summer.
“I hope we can piece it all together now,” said Jason.
“It’s been two years of hard work getting here, so we have to make sure we keep reproducing in the games.”
The 23-man squad arrived in Israel on Sunday, following a training camp in Turkey, and Jason insists the players are in a positive mind-frame, having acclimatised to the conditions.
“We all know what’s expected,” added the 21-year-old. “We had the week in Turkey that put it in our minds and prepared us for it.
“It’s going to be the same for every team, it’s going to be warm, you’re just going to have to manage that and get on with the games.
“One thing that we have got is a great team spirit and team bond. Make no mistake, in the mornings we were working very hard on preparations, but when we had our downtime, we managed it wisely and it was a good opportunity to get together, bond and have a laugh. It was a really good set-up.
“We’re confident we can continue what we’ve been doing in recent games and we’re looking forward to getting started.”
After tonight’s meeting with the Azzurrini, England play Norway on Saturday, before facing hosts Israel on Tuesday.