We didn't do ourselves justice - England Under-21's manager Pearce bemoans Norway defeat

The Young Lions bowed out of the tournament after suffering their second loss in two games as Tor Ole Skullerud's side raced into a three goal lead before Craig Dawson's penalty
England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce lamented the performance of his side as the Young Lions crashed out of the European Under-21 Championship following a 3-1 defeat to Norway.

Pearce's side needed to gain at least a point from their match in Petah Tikva on Saturday evening to keep alive their tournament hopes following the opening game loss to Italy.

But poor defending and goals from Fredrik Semb Berge, Jo Inge Berget and Magnus Eikrem put the Young Lions in an impossible position and Craig Dawson's penalty served only as a consolation.

Pearce reflected: “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 U21s went into the tournament in Israel boasting an impressive unbeaten record of nine consecutive games, but were undone by Lorenzo Insigne's late goal in the tournament opener.

Needing at least a draw against Norway to keep hopes alive of progress from the group stage, Pearce watched as his side were opened up by a confident Norway attack.

And though Pearce bemoaned the outcome, he was quick to point to the positives that his players could take from the experience.

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."