Young England players get valuable big tournament elimination experience at U-21 Euros

For the third consecutive time, England have been eliminated in the group stage of the U-21 European Championship, ensuring that the senior team’s next generation is prepared for the soul-crushing international career that awaits them.

A 3-1 loss to Italy left England at the bottom of their group (just like the senior team at last summer’s World Cup), in which Portugal and Sweden advance to semifinal dates against Germany and Denmark, respectively. This allowed the England players to get valuable experience in looking disappointed while wearing an England shirt…

Everton’s Luke Garbutt did the “dejected pitch-sit.”

Stoke’s Jack Butland did the “stunned mouth wipe.”

Liverpool newboy Danny Ings did the classic “walk away while looking at the grass in shame.”

Harry Kane did Steven Gerrard’s patented dejection stance, but with the twist of his own trademark mouth gape — proving why he’s a star in the making.

And Gareth Southgate proved that he’s already nailed the “clueless England manager” look.

So watch out for this group. Unlike England’s completely mixed up and successful women’s team, they truly knows what it means to represent the Three Lions already.

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