Under-fire Aidy Boothroyd insists it’s a ‘utterly IMPOSSIBLE job’ to be the boss of England U21, despite being blessed with a squad of burgeoning talents as his star-studded side-head for another early exit from the euro.
- England U21’s are about to crash out of the European championships
- Aidy Boothroyd’s men have lost both games to Switzerland and Portugal
- Boothroyd is under attack and England is struggling despite a star-studded side
- The 50-year-old said on Tuesday that it is an ‘impossible job’ to be the boss of England U21
Aidy Boothroyd says managing England under 21 is ‘the utterly impossible task’ and described Wednesday’s do-or-die clash with Croatia as the biggest of his career.
England needs a two-goal win and Portugal needs to beat Switzerland to avoid an early elimination. Boothroyd’s contract expires this summer and his future has come under scrutiny after consecutive defeats and no shots on target from open play.
‘I know the English senior job is called the impossible job. I think the job in England under 21 is the utterly impossible job, ‘he said.
Aidy Boothroyd has described being the boss of England U21 as an ‘impossible task’
“The reason I say that is the number of players to be produced for the senior team and the fact that we are also expected to win.
There’s a reason we haven’t won this for 37 years and why we haven’t made as much progress as we thought. Part of that is that our primary goal is to get players through to Gareth Southgate.
‘Yeah, I think it’s (the biggest game of his career). We are able to achieve results. We had our last practice today and the players look lively. They know we have enough to qualify. ‘
England are without Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi, who has flown home with a shoulder injury and there are fitness doubts about six others.
England U21’s are about to crash after two European Championship losses
Boothroyd has a squad of budding young talents like Curtis Jones from Liverpool (left)
Boothroyd missed key players during the group stage. He suggested too late to decide whether Jude Bellingham would participate in this tournament or join Southgate’s roster.
Bellingham played 45 minutes against San Marino and did not play against Albania. Injuries to Mason Greenwood and James Justin also made the preparation difficult.
“We were hoping for Mason,” he added. “We’ve lost Callum. There was a problem with Jude. I don’t want to be the whore who just keeps not having players to defend myself. They are facts, but it is what the job is. You just carry on with it.
Can you imagine a reserve team manager asking a senior manager about his best players to win the reserve class? That just wouldn’t happen. The only team that has to win is the senior team. It’s not my job to ask Jude, Phil Foden, Mason, or many others. It’s about the senior team and it always will be. ‘
England U21 boss also confirmed Callum Hudson-Odoi has returned to Chelsea due to injury
Boothroyd said he should continue after losing Jude Bellingham (R) to the senior team