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Sweden test 'different' for Young Lions - Harry

21 June 2015|Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Kane expects a different kind of test to that which England Under-21s faced against Portugal when they meet Sweden in today’s crucial group stage clash at the European Under-21 Championships in Czech Republic.

A 1-0 defeat to the Portuguese in their opening Group B encounter on Thursday night means Gareth Southgate’s men are in need of a win today to keep their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages alive.

Striker Harry, who completed the full 90 minutes during the week, insists the team is “not panicking” and remains confident the Young Lions can see off the challenge of a talented Sweden side that picked up a 2-1 win over Italy on Thursday.

“It was disappointing to lose the opening game – I thought it was quite an even match and there wasn’t much between the teams but that’s tournament football,” said Harry.

“Portugal obviously got the rub of the green with the goal they got but we’re not panicking, we know what we have to do in the next two games and we’ll be sticking to our game plan to try to do that.

“Sweden will be playing a different formation to Portugal so it will suit the way we play a bit better.

“That said, Sweden are a good side. They had a great result beating Italy in the first game but we know what we have to – we’ve gone through it as a team. We’ve been working on a few bits to get a few things right so we’re ready for the game.”

Kick-off is at 5pm UK time (6pm local) with Tom Carroll and Alex Pritchard also in the squad.

England meet Italy on Wednesday evening in their final group game.