Citing the great example set by the senior side, the England Youth team have been knocked out of the Under-20 World Cup in Turkey.
Needing only a score draw to progress to the next round of the tournament, the side fell 2-0 to Egypt, sending the English youngsters home early, and extending the side’s winless run to sixteen games at youth level.
“These lads have grown up watching the senior side fail time and time again when it comes to major tournaments,” said coach Peter Taylor.
“We’ve seen England sides enter various European Championships and World Cups and being hailed as potential winners, tournament after tournament,” he added.
“And yet they always come up short, and never in a glorious manner either.”
England had been on top for much of the game, though failed to make their superiority count.
Striker Ross Barkley said he and his fellow team-mates looked to the full national side for inspiration, “our senior lads play in one of the richest and best (sic) leagues in the world,” he said. “And yet how many times do you see them struggle to beat teams like Trinidad, Columbia or Honduras?”
“We’ve got a good group here who want to go on to fail at major tournaments as well,” continued the Everton player.
Claiming that such events are merely a ‘stepping stone’ and a means to gaining further experience of the professional game, Taylor said of his side, “that’s as poor as I’ve ever seen us play.
“Performances such as these make me think that the next generation coming through can go on to fail at the big events just like the lads in the National side.”