England Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd has insisted his players will “profit in the long term” from their departure on the European Championship.
Cease-time stunner Domagoj Bradaric let the Younger Lions out of the match as they beat Croatia 2-1 however went out on goal distinction.
Ebere Eze’s penalty kick and Curtis Jones’ second-half goal put England on the brink of an unlikely qualification at Koper.
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However they had been eradicated after needing to win by two goals and hoping Portugal beat Switzerland. Jones was additionally sent off the field after the final whistle following scuffles with Croatia’s celeb team.
Portugal topped Group D after a 3-0 win and Croatia, reasonably than England, will face Spain within the quarter-finals in Could.
Boothroyd said: “It was a do-or-die effort and great in lots of respects, however we’re left disappointed and football is a merciless recreation.
“The young players will profit in the long term however on the moment that seems like an absurd factor to say.
“We weren’t knocked out right now, we had been knocked out against Switzerland (1-0 opening loss). The way in which we played within the first two video games isn’t a real reflection of who we’re.
“I believed we played really well (against Croatia), I used to be happy with the performance and I am so disappointed with the players. They may be taught from this. If you lose within the last minute of a recreation in a match it hurts and it is a lesson.
“We must always look a bit nearer at ourselves and discover the place we are able to enhance.”
Boothroyd is out of contract in the summertime and said he’ll continue to help senior boss Gareth Southgate.
“I’ll continue to help Gareth for so long as I would like him and continue to work with the event teams to get players via,” he said.
“I am assured that I do know what I am doing for this job. The job includes producing players from 15 to 21 and as much as the aged. I am unable to do something apart from what I am doing now, which will get players via. “
Jones had already hit the crossbar when Eze gave England the lead 12 minutes from the spot after Eddie Nketiah went down simply under the challenge of Bartol Franjic.
Croatia, nevertheless, recovered to take management of the half and Dario Spikic fired over earlier than goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale denied Luka Ivanusec.
England improved once more after the break and Dominik Kotarski saved Eze’s free kick and Nketiah’s shot after Eze slipped Arsenal forward.
Dwight McNeil’s free kick hit a post and Jones believed he had the goal to send England via with 16 minutes remaining.
Rhian Brewster crossed for McNeil who held the ball up for Liverpool midfielder drilling to the underside corner.
However there was a late play when Lille’s left back, Bradaric, rode in from 20 yards at stoppage time.
Jones was then proven a second yellow card after the final whistle grew to become a part of a dispute with the Croatia team.
Boothroyd added: “There was a team leaping round celebrating and it was a bit fragile and feelings had been a bit excessive. I have never been in a position to discuss to the referee. It is a kind of extremely emotional conditions the place troublesome issues can occur. ”
The Ramsdale keeper additionally revealed his disappointment after his final recreation for the Younger Lions.
He said: “Torcalon, devastation, particularly for me and the lads born in 1998, that is our last recreation for the under-21 team. It is hard to place it into phrases.
“I have never really spoken to anybody to be trustworthy as a result of it is an emotional time.
“We should not have left it till the last recreation, it was in our palms and we ultimately blown it and did not get the job executed.”