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Summary

  1. England out after defeat
  2. Italy score two goals in two minutes
  3. Redmond scores late consolation
  4. Azzurri add second-half third, but also go out
  5. Italy five-time European Under-21 champions
  6. Commentary on BBC Radio 5 live

Live Reporting

By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

Another tournament featuring England, another premature exit. The Under-21s are preparing to fly home from the Czech Republic after a comprehensive defeat to Italy.

It's left to the women to fly England's flag this summer. They take on Canada this weekend in the World Cup quarter-finals in Vancouver and we'll be there to see if they can continue their journey. Until then...

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Daily Telegraph football correspondent

Henry Winter: Would love to see more young English players go abroad, develop as players and people, taking more responsibility. But more money at home.

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Chris Painter: Gareth Southgate can't fault their application? Really? So he asked them to play like that did he? Dreadful night for English football.

Steven Gordon: So after the U21s performance and 2014 World Cup can I ask - did 1966 actually happen, or is it like the Easter bunny and tooth fairy?

"People frightened of telling players off"

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Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson

BBC Radio 5 live, in Olomouc

"Some of these kids are millionaires and people are frightened to death of telling anyone off. They could go to their agents and tell them. For goodness sake we have to get over that."

Independent chief football correspondent

Sam Wallace: U21s out in last 8, proving we really are quarter-final level country at best. Likes of Denmark, pop 5.6m, showing us how it should be done.

"Most of the Under-21 side nowhere near England senior team"

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Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson

BBC Radio 5 live, in Olomouc

"Take out Harry Kane and John Stones, do we think any of those players will be near the senior team? Nowhere near."

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Kevin Mousley: We have a walkover Euro 2016 group - if winning something is vital why not pick Sterling, Wilshere et al for Under-21s - mad.

Don Fleming: Too many overseas players while our young lads warm the subs bench and are totally unaware of the intensity of top-flight football.

Paul Mulligan: Terrible from England Under-21s. Team full of skill and talent stifled by poor tactics. Just had to get the ball to Harry Kane - simple.

Manager reaction

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England manager Gareth Southgate, speaking to BT Sport: "I can't fault their attitude, application. They have been a tremendous group and they are hurting."

Player reaction

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Jack Butland looks dejected
Reuters

England goalkeeper Jack Butland, speaking to BT Sport: "This was completely avoidable, stuff we knew they would do. Italy are crafty and lively, we played better football between the boxes but you can't excuse that at either end.

"You have to be at it all day. It doesn't matter how well you prepare you have to be able to bring it when needed."

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Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson

BBC Radio 5 live, in Olomouc

"England have been passing for passing sake. All they are doing is allowing the opposition to get behind the ball."

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BBC Radio 5 live

Former Tottenham manager David Pleat on BBC Radio 5 Live: "I would like to see English clubs going back to how we used to play with two strikers. We have gone too much the foreign way with one up front and two behind."

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England and Italy look disappointed
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Alex Haworth: Another group stage exit, another media post mortem. Getting a bit boring isn't it?

"Why has this happened again?"

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Ben Smith

BBC Sport in Olomouc

"What can you say? Coming into this tournament there was a genuine sense that this might be different. England began as second favourites behind Germany. And yet they finish bottom of the group with one win and two goals. So much disappointment in Olomouc and now the question 'why has this happened again' is going to be asked. Not sure what the answer is. And I think that is perhaps the biggest problem."

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Alan Vaughan: How can we hope to win if we don't select the best players? If Under-21 players say they won't play then they shouldn't play for the senior England team.

Matthew Wearmouth: 140 characters is nowhere near enough for me to express my displeasure at that England U-21 performance. Pathetic display.

Sean: Our game is going down the toilet. If I was Nathaniel Chalobah and others, I'd seek top flight football abroad, not getting it at Chelsea.

"England haven't done well"

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BBC Radio 5 live

Former Tottenham manager David Pleat on BBC Radio 5 live: "I'm disappointed we have gone out. We haven't done well, our best creative players were not there.

"We have a phase between a player hitting the team and then there is a stoppage, they are not moving on."

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Ben Smith

BBC Sport in Olomouc

"Another day to forget for English football. Out-thought, out-fought. Pre-tournament optimism replaced by a sobering dose of reality."

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England have not been helped by injuries to West Brom striker Saido Berahino and Tottenham's Alex Pritchard. But to finish bottom of the group again?

"Sorry state of affairs"

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Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson

BBC Radio 5 live, in Olomouc

John Stones frustrated
AP

"It was a sad, sorry, state of affairs for England. They were well beaten."

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Former England keeper David James on BT Sport says England have not been good enough in the Czech Republic. "I came into this tournament with belief they could win it," he adds.

FULL-TIME

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England are out and finish bottom of Group B. Another tournament comes to a premature end.

GOAL

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Nathan Redmond reacts
AP

Too little too late but Nathan Redmond has England's second goal of the tournament after a fine strike from 20-yards.

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Biagio has his hand to his head
EPA

Huge drama.

Sweden have equalised against Portugal. Italy are going OUT! Their coach has his head in his hands.

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Four additional minutes.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek in action
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Italy are happy to allow England possession. But the Young Lions are struggling to string passes together as they have all game. It's all so disappointing.

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Final three minutes. Are England going out in a blaze of glory? No chance.

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Will Jackson: I have about as much hope for England scoring as I did when Ali Dia played for Southampton. Hopeless.

G S Webster: How to sum up England's performance? Clueless and defensively naive. Summer holiday time, boys.

Richard Smalley: England's footballers would gain experience if they played abroad for a couple of years and play outside their comfort zone.

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Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson

BBC Radio 5 live, in Olomouc

"You can say it is nowhere near England's best side. Look at the team they put out. Do they want to win the competition or use it as a way to bring players into the senior team?"

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Luigi Di Biagio shouts instructions
AP

Big noise in the Androv Stadium. Portugal have scored against Sweden. Italy are going through and the Azzurri boss Luigi Di Biagio has just passed on the message to his players. Cries of "Italia, Italia" ring out.

'Second best'

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Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson

BBC Radio 5 live, in Olomouc

"England were good enough to beat Sweden but they have been second best tonight."

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It's so flat in the Andruv Stadium. Even Italy's players have a look of rejection on their faces. They are heading out as well because it's goalless between Portugal and Sweden.

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John Wells: Maybe these Under-21 players and senior players should watch the England's women at the World Cup and see how it's done.

DeathApeDisco: We haven't moved on from the age of the lung-bursting run. Football is a game of space, movement and timing, not this...

Arthur Wilson: Oh my. Just like the full national side, these youngsters are an embarrassment. No technique, no awareness and no tactics.

'Championship standard'

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Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson

BBC Radio 5 live, in Olomouc

"There are quite a few Championship players in this England side and they are showing they are Championship players.

"Harry Kane has been head and shoulders above any of the other players tonight."

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Harry Kane looks frustrated
Reuters

Harry Kane's angry. He lets fly from 20-yards but his shot is well wide. It's not been his tournament.

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Stu: Time to get rid of Gareth Southgate and replace him with Glenn Hoddle. At least he would get the best out of these young players.

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Italy have been impressive but they're still heading out - unless Portugal score against Sweden. It remains goalless as that game enters the closing stages.

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Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson

BBC Radio 5 live, in Olomouc

England look dejected
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"It is just too easy for Italy."

GOAL

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Marco Benassi celebrates with his teammates
Reuters

Time to start the engines on England's team plane.

More dreadful defending as a free header by Marco Benassi beats Jack Butland from 10-yards out. It followed a clever hook by Marcello Trotta after a throw-in.

Gareth Southgate looks miserable. So he should. England are going out.

'Keep it wide'

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Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson

BBC Radio 5 live, in Olomouc

"England have to push on and take a few chances. They have lost a bit of discipline on the wide areas. They need to stand on the touchline and make the space a bit bigger. They keep coming inside and it is too congested."

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Darren Ward: Plenty of time. One goal and the game will change. Have some belief. People are so negative.

Sachin Sadier: England have created too many half chances while Italy have created and converted two proper chances.

Tez: Absolutely no composure under pressure. I can't believe England were one of the favourites for the competition.

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Twenty minutes left. Both England and Italy are heading out. Italy, despite leading, need Sweden to lose to Portugal in the other group game. It's still goalless.