According to Aidy Boothroyd, losing 2-1 against France was not the start they wanted in the U21 EURO, but there’s no time to lament.
England U21s and France were tied 1-1 with zero minutes left on the clock in the U21 EURO in Italy and San Marino.
But an own goal by Aaron Wan-Bissaka in injury time condemned the 10-man Young Lions to a 2-1 defeat against the French.
And for coach Aidy Boothroyd, the defeat hurts, but there’s no time to lament.
“We are all very disappointed but we have no time for sulking,” he told Give Me Sport.
“We have another game coming up (Romania on Friday) and if we’re going to get out the group we need to get maximum points.”
He explained: “If you don’t take your chances and stop your opponent you put yourself in a vulnerable position.”
“We could quite easily have gone in 3-0 at half-time. I thought we were the better team by a long way in the first half.”
“We tried to rally but in the end, it was just wave after wave of attack and we couldn’t get them off us. We take it and move on,” he added.
“He is devastated in there,” the boss said about Hamza Choudhury who was sent-off.
“There is no malice in him, he’s a good guy who thinks he has hurt a fellow professional and let his team-mates down.”
“It was just his enthusiasm to want to block the ball,” he concluded.
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