Everton duo feature as England U19s win again

18 July  15 Comments  [Jump to last]
Ryan Ledson and Jonjoe Kenny were both involved for the full 90 minutes as England won their group at the U19s European Championships with their third win of the tournament.

With their club-mate Callum Connolly unfortunately sent back to Finch Farm after suffering an injury in the opening group game against France, Ledson and Kenny were restored to England's line-up today after sitting out the win over the Netherlands.

A strike by Izzy Brown and an own goal by Silvio Anocic were enough to hand the young Lions a 2-1 win and a first-place finish in the group with a 100% record. They now face Italy in the last four on Thursday.  

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Anthony Dwyer
1 Posted 18/07/2016 at 18:44:07
Great news and experience for our boys, shame about Connolly, hope it's nothing too serious.
Anthony Dwyer
2 Posted 19/07/2016 at 01:13:26
Anyone know what injury Connolly has?
Peter Gorman
3 Posted 19/07/2016 at 01:17:11
After every debacle at senior level, the usual ignoramuses trot out the excuse that we just don't produce talented players.

We clearly do – this same age-group with Ledson and Kenny won the U-17s Euros a few years ago (on penalties no less).

I pray that we afford them the opportunity to develop because the talent is there for all to see (as France and Holland have just found out).

Kevin Gillen
4 Posted 19/07/2016 at 11:51:29
Watched the game on Eurosport. Both Ledson and Kenny were impressive performers. Ledson had a good range of passing long and short and certainly isn't shy of putting a foot in. Kenny is an intelligent footballer who played quite high up the pitch and rarely gave the ball away.

Anthony Dwyer (@2) – Connolly went over badly on his ankle against France, no break but some ligament damage by the look of things.

Martin Mason
5 Posted 19/07/2016 at 21:52:16
I watched these England lads play the first two games and they were brillant in attitude and action. Watched the England U20s rugby side destroy the best of the rest of the world at their World Cup too.

Why do we find it difficult to continue excellent success at the lower levels to success at the senior level? Some say they are coached out of using any of the skills that they can show at junior level to fit into the turgid and clueless systems that English national teams revert to under committee rule.

Yes to Steve Bruce as England's manager, I think he would be great.

Mike Allison
6 Posted 19/07/2016 at 22:17:02
Explain your thoughts on Steve Bruce then Martin, it'll make a change from the usual transfer panic. I'm surprised to see someone say this, so what do you see in his management style that you like? Is it tactics, mentality or something else?
Helen Mallon
7 Posted 19/07/2016 at 22:58:27
The simple reason England are rubbish is because managers pick players from the so called big six, Utd, City, red shite, arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs, play them out of place even when they are injured or out of form. The last tournament seen five players who should not have been there.
Colin Glassar
8 Posted 19/07/2016 at 23:09:11
Big Sam for me. I don't think he will pick the media darlings but the in-form players and those from unfashionable clubs who would otherwise never get a chance.
Martin Mason
9 Posted 20/07/2016 at 09:04:18
Steve Bruce is English so this limits choice dramatically. He has been a winner as a player and as a manager has managed small, resource handicapped clubs and won 4 promotions and been to a cup final. I see him being a defence-orientated coach as a bonus. The next English manger should be a man capable of finding talent that fits in from what is a very small pool of English qualified talent to pick from.

We've tried the so-called best foreign and English club coaches and they weren't up to the job. I think the correct choice will be the most unlikely, such as a small club coach who has done well with limited available talent (the situation in England). Steve Bruce is a personable bloke who did well at Wigan – the side our Barcelona level clown of a coach took down.

Mike Allison
11 Posted 20/07/2016 at 09:11:26
Okay Martin. Colin, is there a stronger case for Big Sam?

I agree the manager should be English, I think they should play an 'English'-style although we can struggle to explain what that is.

One of England's biggest problems is an identity crisis. Despite constant accusations of arrogance from other nations, England's recent history is one of assuming someone else is better than us in every way, then trying to copy them. In the 90s it looked like being the Dutch for a while, until we hammered them in Euro '96 (they were lucky to only lose 4-1). Then it's been the Spanish and the Germans.

We need to play an English way, one that the players are not only used to, but that is completely natural to them. They shouldn't be 'trying to do something' when playing for England, they should be naturally doing it.

The problem is, our current players are being brought up in a variety of ways. The one thing I wish English players had was the German sense of footballing intelligence and tactical awareness. German players don't look to their coach for instructions, they take decisions themselves on the field. To be fair to Greg Dyke, he's identified this as part of the FA's plan, although how you instil it into often unintelligent teenage footballers, I'm not sure.

I'll settle for any manager who can make us defend well, attack with intent, be strong on set pieces and retain possession when necessary.

Martin Mason
12 Posted 20/07/2016 at 14:07:05
Mike, the plus points I give to Bruce are also applicable to Allardyce. I believe either could be good England managers but I just favour Bruce as possibly a better thinker. As you say we will be best when we play with an English identity rather than be a poor copy of somebody else.
Denis Richardson
13 Posted 20/07/2016 at 14:42:55
Agree with Helen – the England teams of the recent past have rarely been picked on form. Money matters too much and so there is too much pressure on the manager to pick players from the 'big' sides. It goes a long way back, even during the days of SGE, I can remember a long period when Beckham was totally off form but regardless was in every team picked. Clubs and sponsors put pressure on so the 'stars' appear in the shop window of international tournaments. The FA and manager should have bigger balls and just let the best team be picked.

At the Euros, the likes of Henderson, Wilshere, Stones, Barkley, Sterling etc should have been no where near the squad. Players on form like Noble and Defoe were overlooked, presumably because they didn't play for a 'big' side or weren't overhyped like Stones and Barkley.

There's also the question of hunger. It may just be my perception but a number of players just don't seem to have the drive and hunger to put the international shirt on as in the past. Maybe the £50k+/week wage by the age of 20/21 and the fear of abuse they'll get from the fans and media have had an effect. There's definitely something very wrong when a team of supposed 'stars' from a country with a 60m population is beaten by Iceland in the knockout stages of a tournament.

Rooney earns more in a year than the entire Euro 2016 Iceland squad put together!

Mike Allison
14 Posted 20/07/2016 at 21:42:48
I don't agree that there's any pressure to pick certain players at all. A successful England team would be worth far more than one with 'big names'.

The big names are usually big because they're good (Wilshere a massive exception to this) and successive managers have adhered to the old adage that 'class is permanent, form is temporary'. You don't need any conspiracy theory to explain this.

Jay Harris
15 Posted 20/07/2016 at 22:06:48
Totally agree with you, Denis.

Once the players get into the Premier League, it's big-time Charlie time and the media don't help by putting some players on pedestals and trying to undermine others.

We need a strong manager in the Allardyce mould who makes his own decisions. I would also have Eddie Howe as his sidekick to develop and be a natural successor. These two would definitely knock some of the egos into shape and stop the cliques.

Tony Abrahams
16 Posted 20/07/2016 at 22:21:51
Agree with what Mike, says at post 11.

Agree we lack the football intelligence of The Germans, but having an identity crisis really can't help matters.

I always think, it's how you are taught when you are young, when winning shouldn't matter so much, as long as you are gaining a good education.

Teach the kids that it's more important to learn, than win, but as Jay says, our young kids are getting that rich, it really doesn't matter when they fail.

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