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Despite the frustration at his charges not being able to turn their domination into goals, the manager congratulated his players on an otherwise impressive campaign

Head coach Noel Blake spoke of his disappointment after witnessing England U-19's European Championship semi-final exit to Greece.

An extra-time winner sent their opposition through despite the Young Lions dominating possession against the 10-men Greece - who had their goalkeeper Stefanos Kampino sent off for a foul on England's top goalscorer Benik Afobe.

However, the 50 year-old believes his side lacked a ruthless cutting edge which ultimately cost them victory.

He told the FA's official site: "I'm actually lost for words that we've lost the game, to be honest."

"I thought we started really well and played some really good football but we didn’t threaten their goal enough for the amount of play that we had. As the game wore on, we had chances and very good ones, but goals change games.

"Once our first goal went in, they put men behind the ball, which isn't a problem, it happens. I'm just disappointed that we've lost that and the way we lost it.

"We've got to be better and I do as well, that's football, when you come up against that sort of mentality, you have to keep your cool.

"In the final analysis, we needed to make the right decisions in the final third and that was a factor in us not winning the game."

Despite their exit the former Portsmouth defender was still please with his young sides display in the tournament as a whole.

Englang topped their group with wins against France and Serbia and a draw against Croatia.

"We've played quite well at times, and as the tournament has gone along we've got better and ironically that was our best performance,” he added.

"We came here with three objectives and we achieved two of them, first was to qualify for the World Cup and secondly was to get out of the group. We didn't quite make it to the Final, but as a year group we've done very well to reach the semi-final."