David Bernstein has defended The Football Association's selection policy this summer
David Bernstein has spoken about The FA's decision to let England players miss the European Under-21 Championship in order to play matches for the senior team.
The Young Lions went to Israel on a run of nine successive wins without conceding, putting them among the favourites for the title.
But Stuart Pearce’s team became the first side to exit the competition after defeats to Italy and Norway meant a place in the semi-final was beyond their reach with a game to spare.
A key issue centred on a string of high-profile players being unavailable, with the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Phil Jones and Danny Welbeck instead linking up with the senior side.
However, Bernstein defended the decision for such players joining up with Roy Hodgson's side for the two senior games.
He said: "I think when this sort of thing happens and we have this sort of disappointment, you've got to learn from it.
"We do have to sit back and just review what we're doing strategically.
"We actually put a lot of focus on this tournament and regard it as being a very important development tournament for our players.
"It is disappointing but we will learn from it and it may be that we organise things differently in the future, but that is going to be really for Club England and The FA to sit down and review what we are doing and how we are doing it.
"I think in this particular case, a development match in Brazil building up to a World Cup was very important and I would certainly defend what we did in having the strongest squad that Roy Hodgson could get in Rio de Janeiro.
“Nobody can argue the World Cup shouldn’t take priority.
"The England manager, and I support him fully in this, decided he wanted to take the strongest squad he could get to a match that was very important.
“We made one policy decision and that was if we asked senior players to play Ireland and Brazil, they wouldn’t play in one of the development tournaments.
“If we hadn’t had the likes of Oxlade-Chamberlain in Brazil, then we may not have drawn that match. That was a very important trial and experience.
"You can only balance your resources and play them the best way you think is possible. Hindsight is a great thing in these sorts of situations."
Bernstein is in his last few weeks as FA chairman, with former BBC director general Greg Dyke succeeding him next month.