FA technical manager Les Reed has blamed”arrogance” from some players as a motive behind the England U21s’ premature departure out of their 2019 European Championship campaign.
Aidy Boothroyd’s side went from the competition in the group stage after a defeat to Romania along with a loss against France.
Reed told colleagues:”You will need to have a tiny swagger, however it does not need to border on arrogance.”
“That year group is an arduous year group, particularly when half of them had won a World Cup and a variety of them were beginning to become household names and getting Premier League looks. And being talked up.
“Inevitably when that happens that they become talking about fresh contracts and discussions. I believe that it had been over-confidence.
“It was a mental thing in believing they were going to win the championship being over-confident, and then really realising in gameplay which there’s another team out there and it’s not a walkover.”
Young Lions boss Boothroyd admitted his team required to become “street-wise”, with England picking up just one point in the Euros, adding he was not likely to leave his role following the tournament that was disappointing.
They reached the last four of the 2017 Championships after a penalty shoot-out defeat to Germany prevented them.
Reed added:”We have had a whole lot of feedback from the boys. They chased themselves said they under-performed, that it wasn’t Aidy. What was it? No it wasn’t.
“We had great quality players, we had a good excellent squad and we all did under-perform.”
England U21s face Turkey and Kosovo within their forthcoming qualifying games.
Manchester United ahead Mason Greenwood was given his initial call-up for Boothroyd’s side, with Morgan Gibbs-White also named in the group, Reiss Nelson, Oliver Skipp and teenagers Phil Foden.
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