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England U21 boss Pearce expecting tough Euros draw

England U21 coach Stuart Pearce is expecting a tough Euros draw.

Pearce's Young Lions will learn their group stage opponents on Wednesday when the finals draw is made in Israel.

Pearce said: "This is our fourth draw and it is possibly the first time we have thought to ourselves that whoever we get is going to be really, really difficult to beat.

"We have said similar in the past, but always knowing there are certain teams we'd have liked to have been seeded with.

"This time, everyone knows there are some real top nations here, with good qualification records.

"The only surprise to some - although not to us - would be Norway. We played them in our group and we know how good they are.

"Apart from France, who had a fantastic qualification record, everyone who is considered a strong European nation is here to compete in this."

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