Confirmed: England Under-21 line-up to play Italy - Stones and Ings start

John Stones

England can qualify for the semi-finals in the Czech Republic if they beat Italy, and they start Liverpool forward Danny Ings and Everton man John Stones for the first time.

England starting XI: Butland (c), Jenkinson, Garbutt, Forster-Caskey, Stones, Gibson, Kane, Redmond, Chalobah, Ings, Lingard.

Substitutes: Ward-Prowse, Carroll, Bond, Bettinelli, Keane, Hughes, Afobe, Moore, Chambers, Targett, Loftus-Cheek

England Under-21’s are preparing for their final group match with Italy on Wednesday night knowing that a win will guarantee them a position in the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championships.

A 1-0 win against Sweden last week, courtesy of a late goal by Jesse Lingard, set the Three Lions up very well when it comes to making the next round, but they should know that a win is the only method to ensure they go into the final four. A draw would rely on Portugla winning their match with Sweden in the other group game.

And Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate has picked an attacking side for the match, starting two strikers for the best time in the tournament as he pairs Tottenham star Harry Kane with new Liverpool signing Danny Ings.

Everton's John Stones also makes his first appearance as well, having missed the first two matches with concussion.

Elsewhere in the side, Jake Forster-Caskey replaces Tom Carroll in midfield.

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