Stuart Pearce reflects on Euro exit after defeat to Norway in Israel
England 1-3 Norway
UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Group A Match
5pm, Saturday 8 June 2013
HaMoshava Stadium, Petah Tikva
Stuart Pearce could not hide his disappointment after England Under-21s crashed out of the European Championship.
The Three Lions are out after a 3-1 defeat to Norway on Saturday – but Pearce promised his side would be going all out to beat Israel in their final game.
Goals from Fredrik Semb Berge, Jo Inge Berget and Magnus Eikrem meant that Craig Dawson's penalty was little more than a consolation at the HaMoshava Stadium.
And after defeat to Italy in the opening game, the loss confirmed Pearce's side will be going home after their final group game with hosts Israel.
Having entered the tournament with high hopes the result was desperately disappointing for Pearce, who paid tribute to Norway.
He said: “I don't think the players have done themselves justice, individually and collectively.
“You get what you deserve out of football, and we have got nothing so far.
“We have to do things correctly for the tournament's sake and that means to try and beat Israel.
“When you wear the England shirt the least of the demands put on you is to do that.
“We didn't perform over the two games. We are disappointed and we will have a look at that over the next couple of days.”
England qualified for the Finals, their fourth in succession, in impressive form and came into the last eight having not conceding a goal in nine games.
But that form couldn’t be transferred to Israel and Pearce was disappointed that his side couldn’t show their previous form on the big stage.
He added: “I don't think I have ever suffered two defeats in a row during my time with the Under-21s so that shows we have set the standard.
“I think the tournament experience could prove vital for all our players, and maybe we will look at one or two of our other players, particularly the younger ones, for that Israel game."
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