Going out of championships was just an embarrassment

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What an embarrassment for England’s under-21 footballers to crash out of the European Championships at the first hurdle.

Millions spent on new facilities and Wembley Stadium, but still the same lack of leadership from the FA, pandering to the all-powerful Premier League clubs.

After injuries, players like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Rodwell were still available. Not first choice for their clubs, but because they played for the senior England team recently, they were not picked for the under-21s.

Italy, Spain, Germany and France do the opposite. If they are eligible, they play no matter their status.

They get tournament experience and they win trophies. When will we learn?