Adrian was not happy as he watched the England Under-21s labour to a 1-1 draw against Spain on Sunday night in their opening game of the European Under-21 Championship in Denmark.
Here, he offers six reasons why Stuart Pearce's young Lions found it so tough...
1: We missed Jack Wilshere. As Javi Martinez and Thiago controlled the midfield for Spain, Wilshere and Jordan Henderson would have done the same for England. It would have been a great match up, and could be something we could see for years and years to come. The fact that Wilshere is already a senior player doesn’t wash - England's players in Denmark have just two full international caps between them (Danny Welbeck and Henderson with one each), the lowest in the tournament. Spain have 18 full caps between them, Iceland 95. Jack should be there, rather than going on Arsenal’s pre-season tour of the Far East.
2: Spain outplayed England. Why was that? Our players can control and pass a ball, so why did Spain look so much better? Because the Spain players were brighter and cleverer. When a Spaniard was in possession, his team-mates were running into spaces, offering angles and options while England players just stood like statues holding their 4-4-2. That’s down to coaching.
3: England's players were lazy. See point two, but the best example is Welbeck. Treated like a hero for scoring the goal, understandably. But for 85 minutes he stood around waiting for things to happen, instead of making things happen. Do you see Messi standing around? No, he’ll go deep, wide, wherever just to make something happen.
4: England players struggled to cross the ball. Basic stuff. Practice.
5: Jack Rodwell and Scott Sinclair should have started. I think only Stuart Pearce disagrees with this.
6: Michael Mancienne should not have started. I think quite a few people are struggle to rate Mancienne as highly as Pearce.
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