Aidy Boothroyd says he will ‘find it difficult’ to pick up English players after ANOTHER loss of euros

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Aidy Boothroyd admits he ‘will find it difficult’ to pick up his English players after a defeat to the Portuguese U21s facing an early exit from the euro … and he ‘tries to put his finger on’ the question of why his stars are underperforming.

  • England under 21 is facing the prospect of another exit from the Euros group stage
  • Aidy Boothroyd’s team was beaten 2-0 by Portugal Under-21 on Sunday-evening
  • The young lions must climb a mountain if they want to reach the knockouts
  • Boothroyd admits it will be difficult to elevate his players, but has not given up hope

Aidy Boothroyd admits it will be difficult to improve on his England under-21 players after another European Championship defeat this international hiatus.

The young Lions followed Thursday’s 1-0 defeat to Switzerland with a 2-0 defeat to the Portuguese youth team on Sunday night, leaving them staring into the course of another group stage coming out of the competition.

The England Under-21 left this phase of the competition last summer and are struggling again, even with players like Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi, Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe and Liverpool’s Curtis Jones available for selection.

Aidy Boothroyd says it will be difficult to increase his England under-21 squad after another loss in euros

Aidy Boothroyd says it will be difficult to increase his England under-21 squad after another loss in euros

The young Lions lost 2-0 to Portugal on Sunday and seem likely to leave in the group stage

The young Lions lost 2-0 to Portugal on Sunday and seem likely to leave in the group stage

The young Lions lost 2-0 to Portugal on Sunday and seem likely to leave in the group stage

Boothroyd admits he’s struggling to find reasons why the Three Lions aren’t working in the league, but he refuses to give up hope of qualifying for the next round.

He told reporters after Sunday’s defeat to Portugal: ‘We have tried to pinpoint why we are not creating. We are talking about top players here.

‘It’s a small mathematical chance (to qualify for the next round). I’ll have a hard time picking us up.

“We have some hope and wherever there is hope, we have to go after it.”

Francisco Trincao scored in the second half to make England meaningless after two games

Francisco Trincao scored in the second half to make England meaningless after two games

Francisco Trincao scored in the second half to make England meaningless after two games

Boothroyd made some changes for the Portuguese clash, dropping Dwight McNeil, Ebere Eze and Max Aarons on the bench with Ryan Sessegnon, Noni Madueke and Japhet Tanganga at the start.

But England failed to find the score form on Sunday evening with Dany Mota, who plays in the Italian second division for AC Monza, and Barcelona striker Francisco Trincao who found the net after the break.

England now has to beat Croatia with two clear goals in their last group match, while also hoping Portugal beats Switzerland in the other group match on Wednesday.

The Three Lions have Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah (above) on their team

The Three Lions have Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah (above) on their team

The Three Lions have Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah (above) on their team

Boothroyd has not yet given any hope that England will reach the knockout stage later this year

Boothroyd has not yet given any hope that England will reach the knockout stage later this year

Boothroyd has not yet given any hope that England will reach the knockout stage later this year

The young Lions came into the tournament as one of the favorites to win the competition, which is split between the March and June international breaks, but Boothroyd has tempered claims that England were pre-tournament favorites.

The England under-21 manager added: ‘We are only favorites in the English press. We have good players, no doubt about that, but so do other countries and you have to give credit to your opponent.

‘We have had a lot of success and this is a difficult time, but it is not a time to grumble, it is a time to talk about what happened and how it can be improved.

‘We came here to play three games and we are committed to playing three games well. But we are very disappointed, we wanted to go into the final game with the game still in our hands and unfortunately it is not. ‘

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