England U21s arrogant at European Championships, says FA technical director Les Reed

  • 13 Nov, 2019

FA technical director Les Reed has blamed”arrogance” from several players as a reason behind its England U21s’ premature exit from their 2019 European Championship effort. Aidy Boothroyd’s side moved out of the competition in the group stage following a 2-1 loss against France and a 4-2 defeat to Romania. Reed told reporters:”You need to get a bit of a swagger, however it does not have to border on arrogance.” “That season group is an arduous year group, especially when half of them had won a World Cup and then a range of these were starting to become family names and getting Premier League appearances. And being talked up. “Inevitably when that happens they become talking about brand fresh contracts and discussions. I believe it was over-confidence. “This was a mental thing in believing that they were going to win the championship being over-confident, then actually realising in gameplay that there is another group out there and it is not a walkover.” Young Lions boss Boothroyd admitted his team needed to become “street-wise”, with England picking up just 1 point at the Euros, including he wasn’t likely to leave his role after the tournament that was disappointing. After a penalty shoot-out defeat to Germany prevented them from progressing into the 23, they reached the last four of the 2017 Championships. Reed added:”We’ve had a good deal of feedback from the boys. They chased themselves said they under-performed, that it wasn’t Aidy. What was it Aidy? No it was not. “We had great excellent players, we had a fantastic excellent squad and we all did under-perform.” England U21s face Turkey and Kosovo within their upcoming qualifying games. Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood has been handed his initial call-up together with Reiss Nelson teens Phil Foden, Oliver Skipp and Morgan named in the squad, for Boothroyd’s side.

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