Prowse says England must 'put things right' after succession of tournament failures

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 19, 2017

Only the three group winners are guaranteed to progress, with one extra place for the best of the second-placed teams.

Despite Jordan Pickford's late penalty save which earned the Young Lions a 0-0 draw with Sweden on Friday, Slovakia's surprise win against Poland in the group's other match means anything other than a win would leave Boothroyd's side with a mountain to climb as they bid to end their poor recent record in this competition.

"It was disappointing but we're lucky enough that we get another chance to put things right". Gareth's been very positive. But we have to beat the Slovakians first. "It's great that Gareth, Steve and Dan are here because it shows players there is a pathway for them".

But Ward-Prowse, who played in the previous tournament failure under Gareth Southgate, claims the current crop of players have learned from the experience.

And England Under-21 captain James Ward-Prowse has revealed that Southgate has been offering advice ahead of their clash with Slovakia.

"He's been around and spoken to us, pulled us aside individually and seen how we are, and it's great to have him and Steve (Holland, assistant) around, " said the Southampton man.

He said: "It is one of those things and it is a decision from the club that has been made".

"We want to make sure that we're not having those same feelings again.it's not a nice feeling when you don't reach the level that you should do. They're a very good team and I've been really impressed with them". Although I didn't play in any more of that tournament it was a wake-up call. It seems to happen every summer [that Southampton lose their manager] but that is the way football is sometimes.

"It is up to us as players to deal with it. The club and the players have shown that we can cope with managers and players going".

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