Sam Wallace

Sam Wallace is Football Correspondent for The Independent.

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England U-21 striker Harry Kane

England Under-21 exit: What needs to happen for Gareth Southgate's side to roar

After another disappointing exit from the finals, Sam Wallace looks at what needs to change

The Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has gone out on loan six times with five different clubs

Under-21 European Championship 2015: Our players need more top-flight chances, says Jack Butland

The U-21 captain has struggled for game time in the Premier League and Championship at times, and is a veteran of six loan spells at five different clubs

England’s Danny Ings looks downcast in Olomouc on Wednesday as the Italy players celebrate one of their goals

Under-21 European Championship 2015: Greg Dyke's pledge to win 2022 World Cup looks ever more unlikely after failure in Czech Republic

FA stands by 'England DNA' scheme but U-21s offer little cause for optimism

Ross Barkley, left, has posted photos of himself on holiday in Ibiza during the tournament

Under-21 European Championship 2015: Gareth Southgate admits he should have picked Ross Barkley for his squad

The Everton man was one of five eligible players the manager chose not to select

England U-21 striker Harry Kane

Harry Kane says England must be 'braver' after Under-21 exit

Southgate's team lost 3-1 to Italy, finishing bottom of their group

'We let poor goals in and we weren’t able to convert the chances that we made' - Gareth Soutgate's summation of England's performance at the championships

England U-21s 1 Italy U-21s 3: 'I’d like to stay on,' says Gareth Southgate as youngsters are sent packing from European Championships

The manager has a contract to take him through qualifying and the 2017 tournament

Danny Ings looks dejected as the Italians celebrate their third goal

England U-21s vs Italy U-21s 3 match report: History repeats itself as young lions are dumped out of Euros by Azzurini

England Under-21s 1 Italy Under-21s 3: Juniors match senior side at last World Cup - and are sent home by Italians

Chelsea youngster Nathaniel Chalobah hoping to be part of Jose Mourinho's own 'Class of 92'

England U21 face Italy in the quarter-final tonight

England U21s vs Italy U21s: Gareth Southgate says England must be 'streetwise'

England face Italy in the quarter-final

Gareth Southgate: 'Come on, let’s see how far we can get'

England U-21s vs Italy U-21s preview: Gareth Southgate calls on England's future stars to carve their names in history

A victory would see England progress to the semi-finals of the European Championship

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