Blackpool winger Thomas Ince has defended England's U21 flops.
England were bounced out of the Euros last week with three consecutive defeats.
But Ince told the Mirror: “Look at the campaign that this England Under-21 side has gone through over the last two years to actually get to the Euros - we won nearly every game and we didn’t concede that many goals.
“It's very difficult for certain players.
“Look at the likes of Wilfried Zaha, who has had a very long season. He went to the Play-Off Final with Crystal Palace then comes to the Euros.
“I wouldn’t say it’s down to tiredness, but it has been a long season for a lot of the players. Then factor in the travelling and the fact that the games come so quickly.
“Maybe we were not ready for all of that. I don’t know.