Last Updated: 05/06/13 9:22pm
Stuart Pearce needs someone to step up now for his side but Italy continue to push forward. Marrone this time looking to break into the box.
Gabbiadini through on the right and Clyne brings him down. Free-kick but was it inside the area. Foul given outside. Close.
Verratti with a lovely free-kick but it's slightly too long for Insigne. Where were the England defenders?
Italy just giving the ball away now. Clyne breaks down the right and Henderson was there to help but he's just offside.
Italy corner. Butland misses it but it lands back in his hand. Very lucky. Butland not looking quite at his best toight. He then has his kick charged down by Borini.
Florenzi does really well down the right and his ball is headed towards goal by Borini from a tight angle. Butland saves well this time.
Lovely bit of play in the middle of the park by Verratti again and when it breaks to Immobile he shoots wide.
Donati looks to get Italy going forward again down the right. England win it back and Redmond wins a free-kick. England looking far more relaxed.
Great start from England though. Can they push on now and claim a win? Italy come forward again though...
Decent start from England. Shelvey attacks straight away and Sordell elects to play the ball back to Robinson. His cross is claimed by Bardi though.
The half-time whistle is blown and England will probably be more pleased to go in at the break all square.
England have a goal kick and time for both managers to think about what they will say before the second half.
England happy to slow the game down as we approach the break. Shelvey goes in hard on Biraghi and it's a free-kick.
Clyne breaks down the right and gets to the touchline but his cut back is blocked. Florenzi at the other end should have had a penalty but the referee waves away protests.
Verratti dictating the play at the moment passing it around with ease. Florenzi crosses and it's a free-kick to Italy. England clear though.
Sordell has received the ball a couple of times down the left in good positions but can' get free from his defender.
Immobile is never still coming short and then spinning in behind the England defence whenever he can. Clyne finding it tough going against Insigne.
Henderson has been quiet thus far. Pearce will want more from him as the game moves on. Lowe then has a try from distance but it's just wide.
Shelvey with a clever little ball looking for Wickham but he makes a foul and Italy have chance to play out again from the back.
Insigne and Immobile exchanges touches and Insigne's flick over Butland lands the wrong side of the bar.
Shelvey swings in another free-kick but Bardi punches clear well. Redmond then crosses but there's no one attacking it.
Florenzi does well down the right and when the ball falls to Insigne he screws his attempt wide of goal.
Good link up play between Shelvey and Sordell but Shelvey's final pass is a little long. Better from England.
Uncertainty in the Italy defence and Caldirola gives away a throw. Wickham is then presented with half a chance but it's easy for the 'keeper.
Italy appear to have settled now with Verratti looking to take more control of the game. Redmond has a go though at the other end but it's well blocked.
The players are in the tunnel waiting to come out. It's going to be quite an atmosphere and what a cracker we have.
The back five for Italy all play for Inter Milan. PSG's midfielder Verratti starts as does Borini from Liverpool. Plenty of experience in the Italy Under-21 side.
25 minutes until kick-off and with the other two sides in the group drawing both England and Italy have a great chance to claim top spot.
England are in Group A alongside Italy (who they face this evening) and Israel and Norway who have just played out a 2-2 draw.
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Italy Under-21's starting XI v England: Bardi, Donati, Bianchetti, Caldirola, Biraghi, Florenzi, Marrone, Verratti, Insigne, Borini, Immobile.
England Under-21's starting XI v Italy: Butland; Clyne, Caulker, Dawson, Robinson; Henderson, Lowe, Shelvey, Redmond; Sordell, Wickham.
Good evening and welcome to England Under-21's v Italy Under-21's from the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv.