England Under-21s didn’t do themselves justice, says Pearce

England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce admits his players failed to do themselves justice after crashing out of the tournament

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Stuart Pearce admitted England failed to live up to their billing after the Three Lions were sent crashing out of the Under-21 European championship following a heavy loss to Norway.

England made a bright start to their second group game, which they needed a result from to stay alive in the competition after an opening loss to Italy, before Norway took the lead in the 15th minute.

Fredrik Semb Berge finished from close range after Pearce’s men failed to clear a corner before Modle’s Jo Inge Berget showed a clinical edge akin to that of his club manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to double Norway’s lead.

After half-time, England pressed in search of unlikely comeback and Jordan Henderson came close before Magnus Wolff Eikrem sealed three points, with Craig Dawson scoring a consolatory strike from the penalty spot.

“We are disappointed that we are out of the competition, that is for sure. The players have not done themselves credit individually and collectively. You get what you deserve and that is nothing so far,” Pearce told BBC Sport.

“It was disappointing for varying reasons, we will have to have a look over the next couple of days but we did not perform consistently over the two games.”

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