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Pearce upset for England U21 players after Euros exit

England U21 coach Stuart Pearce was disappointed with their dramatic Euros elimination last night.

Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck headed England ahead, but two goals in the final two minutes from the Czech Republic eliminated them.

Pearce's Young Lions saved their best performance of the competition in Denmark for last, but a nightmare end to the game saw them concede in the final minute and stoppage-time to lose 2-1.

That ultimately denied them a semi-final spot but it was their draws against Spain and especially Ukraine which cost them most, as Pearce acknowledged.

"How we played in the other two games has probably cost us," he said.

"We didn't play well against the Ukraine. But it's all good learning."

Despite the manner of England's Group B performances, Pearce insisted his side were good enough to have reached the final.

"We felt if we'd won the game today, the momentum would have carried us on all the way through to the final," he said.

"But credit to the Czechs. They are a good side, strong in qualification, very dogged and difficult to break down.

"We're disappointed but we have to learn from it."

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