England lost their opening European under-21 Championship game 1-0 to Portugal.
England have it all to do in their remaining two group games at the European under-21 championships in the Czech Republic as they narrowly lost 1-0 to a talented Portugal side in their opening game.
All is not lost, however, as there are two games remaining in the group stages, but both of them are must-win contests against tricky opposition in the form of Sweden and Italy for the Young Lions to get through to the knockout stages of the competition.
Harry Kane led the line for England last night after a stunning season for Tottenham Hotspur which saw him score in excess of 30 goals in all competitions, but he didn't get anything like the scoring opportunities last night as he came up against a solid Portuguese defence, and was drawn into a lot of defensive work given how effectively the Portuguese game plan worked.
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Jack Butland bemoaned bad luck for the defeat but told theFA.com that he was pleased with the performance of the team and feels if the side put in similar performances in their remaining group games, then they can avoid the embarrassment of two years ago when they exited the competition in Israel without a win.
The Stoke City goalkeeper said: "We created a lot of chances and on another day it could have gone our way.
"We played with intent and quality. We will get through the next two games if we play like that and we need to be positive."