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Boothroyd doesn't blame himself for England under-21 awful start

Tue 30 March 2021 | 21:39

Boothroyd believes that he should not be expected to win matches as their priority should be producing players for the senior team.


under-21 are spending a disastrous Euro 2021 so far as they have been defeated in all of their first two matches so far. They must beat


by two goals and hope for Portugal to beat


to have a chance to reach the knock-out stage.

Aidy Boothroyd who replaced Southgate in this position says he is not to be blamed as his job is in danger.

"I know the senior men's job has been called the impossible job but the U21s is the utterly impossible job,"

he told reporters.

"The reason is the amount of players who have to be produced for the senior team and we are expected to win.

"There's a reason why we haven't won this for 37 years and why we haven't progressed as much as we thought we would, because our primary aim is to get players through to Gareth [Southgate].

"Could you imagine a reserve-team manager knocking on the door of a senior manager at a club and saying 'listen boss, I think today you should let me have the best player to win the reserve championship'. That just wouldn't happen.

"The only team that needs to win is the senior team. Everywhere else, winning is part of it, drawing is part of it and having adversity is part of it.

"The reason I say that it is the utterly impossible job is because new players come in, younger players come in and the wheel starts again.

"My job isn't to say to Gareth we should have Jude, Phil or Mason, it is about the senior team and it always will be.

"If someone is doing this job and hiding players and not allowing them to go forward then the system is flawed. I don't want to be the whinge bag to defend myself. They are facts but they are what the job is."

source: SportMob