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Sam Wallace is Chief Football Correspondent for The Independent.

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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'

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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

Danny Ings to Liverpool: Striker avoids numbers 7, 8 and 9 and seeks to earn a legendary Reds shirt

New signing does not want the added pressure of wearing Gerrard’s No 8 – yet

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