England’s Under-21 players – including Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke and Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin – have been told by their coach Aidy Bothroyd not to ‘fanny around’.
In a pretty depressing insight into the vision of the man in charge of England’s future players, Bothroyd has made it clear that there is no room for individual skill in his set-up.
England’s Under-21s beat Scotland 3-1 on Friday and face Andorra on Tuesday night with the scoreline expected to threaten double figures.
Bothroyd said: “My players are so skilful and comfortable on the ball, but one of my biggest concerns is that sometimes they can be too elaborate.
“I keep telling them that we are not the Harlem Globetrotters and we are not here to do tricks and fanny around.
“We can express ourselves by all means, but we are here to play as a team.
“We know when we come up against the big-hitters there will be no time for all that. We don’t just want to emulate the likes of Germany and Spain, we want to beat them.
“Playing as individuals is not going to get us where we want to go. They know any complacency will see them out of the team. But they are good lads and there are no big-time Charlies. If they were any they would not be here.”
Likely team to face Andorra: Woodman; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Fry, Walker-Peters; Davies, Cook; Gray, Solanke, Calvert-Lewin; Abraham