England U21s arrogant at European Championships, says FA technical director Les Reed
FA technical manager Les Reed has blamed”arrogance” from several players as a motive for the England U21s’ premature departure out of their 2019 European Championship effort.
Aidy Boothroyd’s side went from the competition after a 2-1 loss against France and also a 4-2 defeat to Romania.
Reed told colleagues:”You will need to have a bit of a swagger, however it doesn’t need to border on arrogance.”
“That season group is a tough year group, especially when half of these had already won a World Cup and a variety of them were starting to become family names and getting Premier League looks. And being talked up.
“Inevitably when that happens that they become talking about fresh contracts and negotiations. I believe that it had been over-confidence.
“This was a psychological thing in believing they were going to win the championship being over-confident, and then really realising in gameplay which there is another team out there and it’s not a walkover.”
Young Lions boss Boothroyd admitted his team needed to become more”street-wise”, with England picking up only 1 point in the Euros, including he wasn’t going to leave his job following the disappointing tournament.
They reached the final four of the 2017 Championships following a punishment shoot-out conquer to Germany prevented them from progressing to the closing.
Reed added:”We have had a good deal of feedback from the boys. Themselves chased and said they under-performed, it was not Aidy. So was it? No it wasn’t.
“We had great high quality players, we had a great quality squad and we all did under-perform.”
England U21s face Kosovo and Turkey in their upcoming qualifying games.
Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood was given his initial call-up for Boothroyd’s side, with teens Phil Foden, Reiss Nelson, Oliver Skipp and Morgan named in the group.
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