The Young Lions definitely hoped for a better outcome at the European Under-21 Championship’s in Italy and San Marino.
England were among the favourites to lift the trophy pre-tournament and the FA will reportedly ask Aidy Boothroyd for an explanation as to what exactly transpired at the tournament, though his position is not thought to be under threat.
Instead of being crowned champions, the young English squad crashed out at the group stage without a single win under their belt.
Needless to say, the players were also devastated.
Their captain, Chelsea academy product Jake Clarke-Salter, was brave enough to address the elephant in the room as he posted an emotional Instagram snap, which was very well received by both the fans and the players.
From the three games the Young Lions played at the Euros, they only managed to scrape a single point, drawing with Croatia in the last game when progression into the knockout stages was already out of the question.
Now it’s back to the chalkboard for Boothroyd, Clarke-Salter and the rest of the side as they dissect what was a thoroughly underwhelming tournament.