England will now be packing up officially after France beat Croatia in their final group game of the European Under 21 Championships.
Moussa Dembele scored the only game of the game which resulted in England getting eliminated from the group stages. This has been a short yet miserable campaign for the Under 21 team. With one game left, both France and Romania have progressed to the last four of the competition.
France only needed a draw to book their place in the semifinals. In a rather drab affair, L’Espoirs managed to secure a morale boosting victory.
The Young Lions have not won a single game in the competition and are set to take on Croatia in their last group game. That game is definitely going to be a dead rubber for Aidy Boothroyd’s side.
A lot was expected from this England Under 21 after their exploits in the Under 17 World Cup in India a couple of years ago. Ahead of the competition, they were earmarked as one of the toughest sides in the continent.
However, it appears that nerves got the better of England youngsters who never looked like getting off the blocks. In the game against France, the team struggled to dictate the flow of the game. And it was an own goal from Aaron Wan-Bissaka that started the trend.
They never looked at ease since then. And after a 4-2 loss at the hands of Romania, their fate was more or less sealed.
Now that the tournament is finished for them, a lot of questions will be asked of Boothroyd who made one very controversial decision ahead of the encounter against Romania.
Star player, Phil Foden started the game on the bench. And it wasn’t before the youngster’s introduction that the Young Lions came to life and started stamping their authority. However, it was too little too late.