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Sam Wallace is Chief Football Correspondent for The Independent.

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England Under-21s take the bus from their team hotel to the stadium... travelling just 20 yards

Uefa rules mean all teams must travel by bus, no matter how close

Gareth Southgate has denied that their is a racial divide among England's youth teams

European Under-21 Championships: Gareth Southgate denies racial divide among England youngsters after picture showed divided groups

Southgate says there is 'no issue' ahead of the crucial Under-21 clash with Sweden

England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate

European Under-21 Championship: Gareth Southgate won’t let fear of failure deflect England

Under-21 coach tries to shield players from criticism after defeat while keeping them focused on how to beat Sweden tonight

Harry Kane eager to shoulder burden of spearheading England Under-21 attack

Tottenham rising star dismisses talk of fatigue and says he is excited to be playing in a big tournament ‘with my mates’

England Under-21 striker Harry Kane heads towards goal during the defeat to Portugal

Manchester United transfer news: Harry Kane insists he's 'looking forward to the future with Spurs' despite topping Louis van Gaal's wish list

The Independent can report that United's interest in Kane is genuine but the Tottenham striker has no plans on a transfer this summer

Joao Mario scores for Portugal after the ball rebounded off the post from Bernardo Silva’s shot

England U-21s 0 Portugal U-21s 1: Gareth Southgate claims history is 'irrelevant' as England youngsters slump to defeat again in opener

England have not won a game at the last two European Championships in 2011 and 2013

Harry Kane tries to create something to lift England against Portugal but he was largely a peripheral figure

England U-21s vs Portugal U-21s match report: Young Lions overwhelmed by slick Portuguese

England Under-21s 0 Portugal Under-21s 1: Injuries hamper Gareth Southgate's side as European Championships get off to bad start

Berahino is a doubt for England's Under-21 opener against Portugal

England U21 vs Portugal U21: Saido Berahino ruled out of European Under-21 Championship with Benik Afobe called up as a replacement

Manchester United's Lingard is expected to replace the West Brom striker in the team to face Portugal while Wolves's Afobe will join up with the squad

England Under-21 and West Brom striker Saido Berahino

England U21 v Portugal U21: Saido Berahino injury adds to Gareth Southgate's selection troubles following John Stones concussion

Berahino has been struggling with an injury, and while it's not serious, it could keep him out of England's Under-21 opener against Portugal

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