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The former Manchester United right-back has called on the country's junior sides to improve, but appreciates how difficult it can be to get used to playing tournament football

England coach Gary Neville says the performances of the country's youth teams this summer have been "disappointing".

Two junior sides have endured dismal outings in recent weeks, with Stuart Pearce losing his job after the Under-21s lost all three matches at the European Championship, while the U20s crashed out of the World Cup in Turkey without winning a game.

Neville, who played over 600 times for Manchester United in 19 years at Old Trafford, is now working under Roy Hodgson with the England senior team and is less than impressed with what he has seen.

"They haven't done well as they would have wanted," Neville told Goal.

"It's disappointing. It's something that people are focusing on and rightly so. We need to improve at international level, we need to improve our tournament records.

"It's difficult to know how to do that. We need to produce players who can handle tournament experience. It's not easy, tournament football, it is one of the hardest things you'll do."

Despite the poor results, though, Neville feels there is still plenty of good, young talent coming through the system.

"It's quite clear there's a group of players coming to the end of their international careers," he continued, "but there are younger people coming through, the likes of Phil Jones, Kyle Walker... [Ryan] Bertrand has played, [Daniel] Sturridge has played... [Danny] Welbeck, [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain, [Jack] Wilshere, [Tom] Cleverley.

"All have played football for England in the last 12 months. They are good, technical players, quality football players, and hopefully they can grow in these next few years to become top England internationals and we can win something with them."

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