2015 u17 European Championships
Portugal 14 – 0 England
(Half Time 7 – 0)
Tiredness and concentration affected our game
Bearing in mind we had our second game of the day against Germany, seven hours after this match, I decided to rotate the team.
England started the game showing signs of tiredness, due to having played against Spain the evening of the day before. Two consecutive games in a period of twelve hours didn’t help and the players showed a lack of concentration due to tiredness against a dynamic Portugal in attack.
We conceded three goals very early in the game and the team never regained enough ball possession.
Portugal dominated the game due mainly to England not concentrating on our restricted defence. The players were diving too much, causing lots of gaps in the area, where the Portuguese players were able to take advantage and score the majority of their goals.
We never expected to lose by the final goal margin after great performances against both France and Spain. The situation was worsened by having a player (Robbie Allander) sent off with a red card, which I believe was a controversial decision from the referee.
Robbie will be missing the next two games as a result of the red card.