Frustrating night for Wickham

by Kate Smith

Under-21s slip to defeat.

Sunderland striker Connor Wickham started for England as they suffered a 1-0 defeat in their opening match of the under-21 European Championships against Italy.

The Young Lions thought they had taken the lead after defender Craig Dawson had 48th minute effort ruled for a foul.

However, it would be Italy's Lorenzo Insigne who finally broke the deadlock with a 79th minute winner as England made a disappointing start to their campaign in Tel Aviv.  

Former Black Cat Jordan Henderson almost snatched an injury-time equaliser but his free-kick was saved by stopper Francesco Bardi.

England now face Norway on Saturday before coming up against hosts Israel next Wednesday in their final group game.