The Southampton midfielder is driven on by the memories of being part of a humiliating group stage exit in the Czech Republic two years ago.
They are on the brink again, facing Slovakia – who already have a win – with England’s stalemate against Sweden leaving them playing catch up.
With only the three group winners progressing to the semi finals, and one best runners-up place, it is a must-win game for Aidy Boothroyd’s men.
Senior boss Gareth Southgate, who was U21 boss for the qualifying stages, has been around the camp dishing out advice and monitoring training. England U21s have won only one of their last ten group games at Euro finals and scored just five times.
He said: “It is not a nice feeling when you don’t reach the level that you should do and the team two years ago should have gone further.
“That gives us all an incentive to put things right. It was massive disappointment but we’re lucky enough that we get another chance to put things right.
“There are six or seven of us from the last time so we’ve all got those feelings and that hunger to get things right. We want to make sure that we’re not having those same feelings again.”