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England U21 boss Pearce not panicking over Ukraine stalemate

England U21 boss Stuart Pearce isn't panicking after they were held by Ukraine in last night's second game of the European Championships.

Only victory will do in Sunday's final Group B game against the Czech Republic if Pearce's Young Lions are to avoid crashing out of the tournament and they will need to improve dramatically on a goalless clash with Ukraine if they are to progress to the semi-finals.

But Pearce was typically bullish about England's hopes of avoiding an early exit, saying: "We go into the game Sunday having to win to go through but our destiny is in our own hands.

"This is why you bring players to tournaments, to perform under pressure.

"We've had two games against two really tough sides. We've come out of that, we've conceded one goal.

"It's all to play for once again. We go into the last game and everyone's in the mix."

Ukraine were inferior to England's opening opponents, Spain, but many of the same failings were in evidence in Herning.

Pearce said: "We were up against a very good side. We came out of the Spain game [1-1 draw on Sunday] and there were one or two suggestions that we didn't play so well.

"And the Spanish then go out and beat the Czechs quite comprehensively [2-0 earlier].

"We defended very stoutly and up the other end, we were hoping to create one or two more clear-cut chances.

"But the defence from the Ukrainians was very good and the game ended up a 0-0."

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