England Under-21s captain tells FATV about the pain of Euro elimination
England 1-3 Norway
UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Group A Match
5pm, Saturday 8 June 2013
HaMoshava Stadium, Petah Tikva
Jordan Henderson was left ‘frustrated’ and ‘devasted’ after England were knocked out of the European Under-21 Championship Finals after just two games.
Following opening day defeat to Italy, Stuart Pearce’s young side needed at least a point from their meeting with Norway in Petah Tikva to keep their hopes on track.
However, despite dominating possession, they failed to make it count, while uncharacteristic defensive lapses saw the Norwegians take a 3-0 lead before the hour mark.
Craig Dawson’s second half penalty was scant consolation for captain Henderson as England went down 3-1 and crashed out of the tournament.
“It’s frustrating,” Henderson told FATV after the match. “I felt as though the first 20 minutes we were dominating the game, we had a lot of the ball, a couple of chances, but we conceded a bad goal at a bad time and it just deflated us a little bit.
“But I still felt we dominated possession of the ball, we just weren’t good enough in the final third.
“We’ve defended brilliantly over the last two years, throughout the whole campaign. Today, as a team, the whole team, not just the defence, the whole team didn’t defend as we have done
“I still felt we pressed the ball high up the pitch and got it back early, but we’re just devastated.”
The Liverpool midfielder now has to pick his side up quickly with their final game of the tournament against Israel still to come on Tuesday.
And Henderson insists that, even though their Euro 2013 campaign is over, the players must go out showing pride in the Three Lions.
“It’s hard, you get knocked out of the tournament and you’ve still got a game left,” he said.
“But you’re still putting that England shirt on, you’re still representing your country, which is a massive honour.
“You’ve got to go out there and do it for your country.”
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