Saturday 21 October 2017

Pearce lashes out at England U-21s

Stuart Pearce blasted his England U-21 players after an embarrassing European Championship fell to a new low with a 1-0 loss to Israel in their final group game, which left them pointless and out of the tournament.

"I think, basically, if you don't turn up and work hard enough in any given tournament, you won't get any success and that was typical of today and probably the two games prior to it," Pearce said. "I honestly don't believe I should be here answering questions on behalf of them.

"They should be here answering questions on why their performances were so poor, to be honest with you.

"I don't think it's my responsibility to answer for a performance as bad as that. This is the business end of the tournament and we got what we deserved. I don't think we deserved to win a game. We've not performed in this tournament that's for sure, there might be a multitude of reasons for that. I have to take it on the chin and obviously the players do as well."

Irish Independent

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