Boothroyd: England under 21 ‘not out of it’ regardless of a poor defeat

England’s under-21 boss, Aidy Boothroyd, has insisted his side shouldn’t be “out of it once more” regardless of falling to a 1-0 loss to Switzerland of their first Euros outing.

Dan Ndoye’s fortunate late effort condemned England to a 1-0 opening Group D defeat at Koper.

Switzerland had solely 34 percent of possession however have been worthy winners, with Bastien Toma hitting the post and Aaron Ramsdale denying Andi Zeqiri.


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The Younger Lions now face Portugal in Ljubljana on Sunday earlier than difficult Croatia in Koper on Wednesday.

The best two from every group qualify for the final eight, with the event prolonged to 16 teams for the primary time, and Boothroyd is aware of England nonetheless has a shot.

He said: “The format is totally different so we have now extra chance, we’re not out of it but and we’ll go for it. It’s a barrier and we’re not complaining about it, we’re taking it forward.

“There is no time to mop up and really feel pity for your self with freak goals. We’re nonetheless in it, we’re residing to combat one other day and that is what we’ll do.

“It wasn’t all ridicule and bigotry however the key is the outcome and we do not have it. We lick our wounds, focus in a short time on the following sport and make positive we get a superb outcome.

“We have been safe and we have been cautious, we played numerous the ball in entrance of them however not within the center and behind them. We have now to double our efforts and get a superb outcome against Portugal.

“I am disappointed as a result of we did not do sufficient to score. We have been constructive with possession however that’s not ample. ”

England, unbeaten in qualifying, by no means managed to land in Slovenia and Zeqiri ought to have given Switzerland a 14th minute lead when Ben Godfrey missed the ball however shot too close to Ramsdale.

The well-organized Switzerland by no means appeared in bother with the Younger Lions wasteful with their last ball and missing in tempo and path.

Tom Davies and Callum Hudson-Odoi fired off the target and Lloyd Kelly headed extensive, however didn’t create clear probabilities.

Toma hit the post 5 minutes into the second half after England lost the ball once more and missed Boothroyd’s side.

Ramsdale saved from Kastriot Imeri and it was no shock when Switzerland discovered a winner with 12 minutes remaining.

Imeri positioned the ball to Ndoye on the outskirts of the world and, though he slipped with the ball hitting his standing foot, he looped over Ramsdale to the top corner.

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