England Under 21s have drawn Israel, Norway and Italy for next summer’s UEFA Under 21 European Championship.
Stuart Pearce’s men qualified in October following a controversial two-legged tie against Serbia. England came out on top but the second leg was marred by the racist abuse directed towards Danny Rose, of which the Serbian FA reacted sourly.
Israel qualified as the host nation for the tournament.
Apart from 1998, when they finished third, this is only the second-ever tournament that Norway have qualified for.
Italy will be viewed as England’s toughest competitors in their group. They were semi-finalists in 2009 and have won the tournament five times, including a run of three consecutive tournament victories between 1992 and 1996. However, in 2011 they didn’t even qualify.
The tournament will take place between 5th and 18th June over four host cities.
In Group B is holders Spain, Netherlands, Germany and Russia. England will be feeling fortunate tonight as they appear to have been let off lightly!