Pearce demands better from England U21 players after thumping Iceland
England U21 coach Stuart Pearce wants more from his players after their 5-0 thumping of Iceland.
Watford striker Marvin Sordell and Liverpool defender Martin Kelly had put the Young Lions on course for a fourth straight victory in Group 8 with a goal in each half, before a late header from West Brom's Craig Dawson and a brace from Aston Villa youngster Gary Gardner made the final score more emphatic.
"I was disappointed at half-time, when I thought we were playing within ourselves a bit, but we were a lot better in the second half, and although it was a fantastic result, the final score flattered us a bit, but we did have a lot of chances," said Pearce.
"There were one or two fresh faces who came into the squad and they have done themselves no harm.
"We said that the role of the substitutes would be important, but we did not know how much.
"They are all just waiting for game time now, whether it is at their clubs in the reserves or on-loan, or with us at the under-21s."