Aidy Boothroyd, the beleaguered England under-21 boss insists he is NOT concerned after the shock of the Euro 2021 defeat to Switzerland as he pledges to play ‘very offensive’ football in a match to be against Portugal won.
- England U21 boss Aidy Boothroyd is not worried about getting out of the group
- He claims his side was not ‘clinical’ enough during their 1-0 loss to Switzerland
- Boothroyd insists the young Lions are ‘very offensive’ against Portugal on Sunday
England U21 manager Aidy Boothroyd says he is not worried about making it to the group despite a 1-0 loss in their opening match of the tournament.
Boothroyd says his side was not ‘clinical’ enough against Switzerland – after registering just one shot on target – but insists the young Lions will be ‘very offensive’ against Portugal on Sunday.
Boothroyd will be eager to avoid a repeat of history after crashing and getting no further than the group stage in 2019 – despite having the likes of Foden, Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Dominic Calvert-Lewin on his side.
England U21 boss Aidy Boothroyd says he is not worried about getting out of the group
After England’s game against Switzerland on Thursday, Boothroyd told Sky Sports, ‘I thought we had a high percentage of the ball, but we weren’t clinical enough.
‘I don’t think we’ve really created enough in the last third and it’s that simple.
‘We’re not out yet, two more games and we can still get out of the group and that’s what we want to do.
The word is cautious. We played a safe game today and if you are going to win, you cannot play it safe.
Boothroyd claims his side was not ‘clinical’ enough during their 1-0 loss to Switzerland
However, he insists the young Lions are ‘very offensive’ against Portugal on Sunday
‘I felt like we had to do more halfway through. The replacements we brought in had an attempt, but unfortunately today was not our day.
“This is the biggest test and we have to face a bit of adversity to get through the other side.
Am I worried about it? No, I am not because the team that will play against Portugal will be a very offensive team and we will see if we can improve. We still have a chance. ‘
Boothroyd’s job depends on Sunday’s game against Portugal as England have won just three of their last 18 games at European championships.