John Peacock reflects on unfortunate Euro exit for England U17s
John Peacock felt his England U17s were unfortunate to exit the Euros by virtue of a head-to-head record.
The Young Lions finished joint top of their group with Russia, with both nations having an identical record following Thursday's win over Slovenia in Burton.
But Russia’s 2-1 win over England in the second game proved crucial for them as they take their place in May’s Euro Finals in Slovakia due to their victory on Monday.
Speaking to FATV, Head Coach Peacock said: "It's a bitter pill that we've got six points and not qualified, so you end up looking back to the second game with Russia.
"If we could have got the point against the Russians that we thoroughly deserved, or a win, it might have been different.
"But credit to the Russians, they've gone through so we congratulate them.”
Despite missing out on the Finals, Peacock was more than happy with his squad’s performances over the three Elite Qualifying Round games.
With victories over Portugal and Slovenia and a dominant display against Russia aside from the result, Peacock feels England are unfortunate to be missing out on the last eight.
He added: "I'm pleased with the performances and I have to say I think that we were the best team here, that's not taking anything away from Portugal, Russia and Slovenia.
"If the lads didn't perform and we got six points I'd have been disappointed, but I'm really pleased with the way they've gone about their tasks this week.”
Watch the full interview with Peacock and defender Ben O’Hanlon in the video player below: