England U21 captain Eddie Nketiah has denied the Younger Lions have been caught out of their depth at Euro 2021.
They’re getting ready to an early exit after dropping their opening two group-stage video games to Switzerland and Portugal.
Aidy Boothroyd’s facet can nonetheless attain the summer time’s knockout phases in the event that they beat Croatia by two targets on Wednesday and Switzerland lose to Portugal.
The Younger Lions have did not have a shot on track from open play in Slovenia and, after breezing by means of qualifying unbeaten, have been poor on the match – though Nketiah insisted they haven’t been left floundering.
“No, I feel clearly we now have the standard. We have now the gamers to take care of that bounce,” stated the Arsenal striker.
“We’re all taking part in at a great degree at our golf equipment, that are on the highest degree and you recognize the opposition are going to be tough.
“They’ve made it very exhausting for us, however I feel we have to have a look at ourselves and see how we’re performing and the way, as a crew collectively, we will carry out higher.
“It is a mixture of issues. Soccer does not at all times go your means. It has been two video games and two in all probability ‘off video games’.
“Towards Switzerland, we had much more of the ball and doubtless simply lacked that penetration, however within the Portugal sport, I feel, within the transitional moments, the ultimate go we did not take full benefit of.
“It has been a disappointing first two video games. Everyone knows that. It is nearly holding our heads up and difficult ourselves to complete strongly within the Croatia sport.”
Nketiah additionally moved to ease the stress off boss Boothroyd, with the supervisor out of contract in the summertime.
He added: “That is on all of us, you recognize. We’re all accountable for that. All of us had sloppy moments within the sport and it is nearly chopping that out and taking part in to the very best of our potential.
“We all know we now have the standard and we now have proven in qualifying that we will rating targets, so it is about producing that right here and – like I stated – taking that bit of additional care and element with the ultimate go.”