England under-21’s played extremely poorly in the European Under-21 Championship and finished the tournament without a single point. To make matters worse, their coach, Stuart Pearce, has his contract expiring at the end of the month meaning that he could get the sack after a showing which was truly terrible. The England U-21 team travelled to Israel in fine form winning the past 9 games but they returned back to England wondering how they only managed to score one goal; and that was a penalty.
England had to play each of Italy, Norway and the hosts Israel once, but a 1-0 loss to Italy in the first game, a 3-1 hammering by Norway and a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Israel sent England stumbling their way out of the tournament. Both England U-21 players, Thomas Ince and Wilfried Zaha managed to miss two chances which meant that the Ofir Kriaf goal was the winner of the game with 10 minutes left on the clock.
Stuart Pearce is planning to have talks with the Football Association over the next couple of weeks about his job and whether he will still be in charge come the next qualifiers, which are being held in September. Stuart Pearce’s side managed to create more chances and have more shots than their opponents, like they did against Norway, but simply couldn’t convert them into goals.
Stuart Pearce commented after the match, “The players haven’t delivered; I’m really disappointed with my team. I honestly don’t believe I should be here answering questions on behalf of the players. They should be here answering questions on why their performances were so poor, to be honest with you.” When asked about whether he thinks he will continue as coach of England U-21’s, he replied, “I’ve no idea.”
Author Daniel Foster.
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