FA technical manager Les Reed has blamed”arrogance” from some players as a reason for the England U21s’ premature departure out of their 2019 European Championship campaign.
Aidy Boothroyd’s side moved out of the contest after a 2-1 loss against France and also a defeat to Romania in the group stage.
Reed told reporters:”You will need to have a tiny swagger, but it doesn’t have to border on arrogance.”
“That year group is a tough year group, particularly when half of them had won a World Cup and then a range of these were starting to become household names and getting Premier League appearances. And being talked up.
“Inevitably when this happens they get into talking about new contracts and negotiations. I believe it was over-confidence.
“It was a psychological thing when that they were going to win the championship and being over-confident, then really realising in gameplay which there’s another group out there and it is not a walkover.”
Young Lions boss Boothroyd admitted his group needed to become more”street-wise”, with England picking up just one point at the Euros, including that he wasn’t likely to leave his role following the tournament that was disappointing.
After a penalty shoot-out defeat to Germany prevented them from progressing to the 23, they reached the final four of their 2017 Championships.
Reed added:”We’ve had a lot of feedback from your boys. They hanged themselves and said they under-performed, it was not Aidy. So was it Aidy? No it was not.
“We had great quality playerswe had a good quality squad and we did under-perform.”
England U21s face Kosovo and Turkey in their upcoming qualifying games for the upcoming Championships in 2021.
Manchester United ahead Mason Greenwood was given his original call-up with teenagers Phil Foden, Reiss Nelson, Oliver Skipp and Morgan named in the group, for Boothroyd’s side.

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