England Under-21 and Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has lamented his side’s “embarrassing” defensive record at the European Championships.
The Young Lions came up short in their opening Group C match against France on Tuesday before capitulating against Romania three days later.
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- England entered the tournament as one of the favourites but have now exited at the group stages.
- Aidy Boothroyd’s side lost 2-1 to France in their opening Group C match, with Hamza Choudhury’s red card proving costly.
- The Young Lions followed up with a 4-2 defeat to Romania, with Henderson at fault for the third goal.
- Both results have ensured elimination for England, who face Croatia on Monday night.
- Henderson remains adamant England were capable of winning the tournament, despite their early elimination.
Having come from a goal behind on two occasions against the Little Tricolours at the Stadio Dino Manuzzi, Henderson allowed a Florinel Coman strike to slip through his finger tips for Romania’s third.
His aberration ensured maximum reward for Mirel Radoi’s side, who face a group-defining match against France on Monday. Meanwhile, England will be teeing off in their final match against Croatia, and Henderson took time to reflect on a disappointing experience in Italy.
He said: “Whoever goes on to win the tournament we know we can beat them as well. It is a shame.
“We have let ourselves down. We have let the country down.”
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Henderson bats away excuses
Dissecting the early exit a little further, Henderson refused to offer an excuse, instead suggesting all the players know exactly where they went wrong.
He added: “We know exactly what went wrong. It is tough to take.
“Adapting to little things like VAR, it is tough. But it is tough for everyone. No excuses. We have to dust ourselves down and we go again.
“It is a shame because we said in the team huddle that for some of us it will be the last opportunity to play in a major tournament for England.
“We can’t be conceding six goals in two games. That’s embarrassing really. That’s from a goalkeeper’s point of view, it is embarrassing. I am not used to it. I need to have a look at myself.”