England face a group of death in next summer's Under-21 European Championship finals in Denmark, reports The Sun.
Stuart Pearce's young Lions will have to see off Spain, the Czech Republic and Ukraine in order to get out of Group B.
Pearce said: "It's a tough draw, but we feel as though we're improving as a nation. Whatever draw we'd have had would have been tricky.
"We have another eight months of development now for our players and I think at the end of that it'll be a very interesting tournament. It's very difficult, no doubt about that.
"The Czechs are the number one seeds, Spain are strong all of the time at all age groups and then there is ourselves and Ukraine."
Pearce added: "As long as we come and give a good account of ourselves then we'll be a difficult team to beat.
"This squad has improved after the first eight months of qualification, where we didn't play very well.
"But since August, we've played very well in our matches and found a good blend, a good mix in our players.
"One or two younger players have come into the side and have done extremely well, so the side is maturing nicely.
"I think the players will improve that little bit more in the time left before the tournament."
Group A looks on paper to have been much easier, containing hosts Denmark, Switzerland, Belarus and Iceland, who were seeded ahead of England by the narrowest of margins.
The tournament will be played in Aarhus, Aalborg, Herning and Viborg, starting on June 11, with the final in Aarhus a fortnight later.