Not the first time an England team have suffered an early major competition exit. The loss against France can be blamed on individual mistakes. And although this game had individual mistakes, this was more of a collective effort. Going into the tournament as one of the heavy favourites, I was feeling confident of a run. Everyone was. Time for the youngsters to step up. Instead they've embarrassed themselves and after the game against Croatia, the u21 boys will be on the plane home.
Aidy Boothroyd has to be sacked the second he steps foot back in England. In fact, he should have been at full time. With these talented group of players, he has failed disgracefully. I actually think the large majority of blame in my opinion lies with him. A mediocre manager who's wasted a great opportunity at glory. Wan-Bissaka and Foden started this game on the bench. Wan-Bissaka I guess I understand to some extent as he is apparently distracted by United transfer talk. BUT WHY IS THE BEST PLAYER ON THE BENCH??!?!?! He was brilliant against France and then when he came on, added much needed impetus in midfield against a tough Romanian defence to break down. But why was he on the bench? Makes no sense. Why is Tammy Abraham on the bench when Solanke and Calvert-Lewin are playing? The second he came on, he added a threat up front and scored England's second goal. He made brilliant runs and got into great positions and honestly, he could have had a hat-trick as he hit the post and forced the keeper into a good save. Ryan Sessegnon looks useless to me. A lightweight. Reiss Nelson deserved a chance. A huge portion of the blame needs to go to the gaffer, but don't forget to Choudhury too for the red card in the first game. Henderson has been brilliant all tournament, but he made a howler for Romania's third. That moment in the game where the goals were flying in was crazy, and there was no sense of control or composure at all - especially defensively. It was quite a shift, as for most of the match, England were tepid and slow struggling to carve open Romania. But it's too late now. Football isn't coming home... England are.
According to reports, Atletico Madrid will try to sign Hector Bellerin from Arsenal by giving Vitolo and money in return. I'd be surprised if this happens, but Arsenal have been linked with numerous right-backs this summer, including PSG's Thomas Meunier. Bellerin performed very well in the months before his injury last season, so it'd be a huge mistake to sell him. However, if Emery can get a large fee and sign a cheaper replacement, then maybe he will to help raise funds for targets like Tierney, Carrasco and Fraser. I would be surprised if this happens though.
That's all for today. I'll be back tomorrow for another post.