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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 June 2007, 22:35 GMT 23:35 UK
Chris Waddle on England's U21s
Chris Waddle
By Chris Waddle
BBC Five Live summariser

The England Under-21s gave absolutely everything against Holland.

With all the problems they have had with injuries they were comfortable for 75 minutes, but the Dutch stuck at it and got their reward.

It ended in amazing scenes - what a penalty shoot-out that was.

England defender Steven Taylor
Taylor battled on after getting injured
Shoot-outs really are a lottery and a horrible way to go out of a tournament.

We just do not seem to get the luck. It is just the way it goes.

You cannot say that we did not have the quality - normally scoring 12 would have been enough to win two penalty shoot-outs.

There is just something that does not go our way but we have to keep at it and not make a big deal of it.

The boys have done well and stood up so let's move on.

Obviously they will be disappointed but they will go back to their family, have a holiday and some people come back as better players after something like this.

They will go to some grounds and get stick but it makes you more determined - it did with me and I am sure it will have done with Stuart Pearce.

They can be proud of themselves, some of them did not want to stand up but they did and to me they are all heroes.

Sometimes when the players are that young they do not feel the pressure and perhaps expectations are not that high.

They all looked confident when they were making that long walk from the centre circle - you can tell by their body language.

We are not the most entertaining team but we are the most honest

Hitting it against the bank of orange fans will have added even more pressure.

Nigel Reo-Coker looked like he did not want to take one but other than that they all did it with conviction and confidence and they have obviously been practicising.

Pearce knows what it is like to both miss and score one and I am sure he will have installed in them to have the confidence.

A lot of us did not think we would get to the semi-finals. I looked at Portugal, Italy and Holland and I did not think we would get past them.

So they have done OK - we are not the most entertaining team but we are the most honest.

They work their socks off, they play direct football and they ran out of legs in a lot of games.

Unfortunately against Holland we were in control with 10 minutes to go and Steven Taylor got an injury.

Nedum Onuoha then came off and we defended with our backs to the wall to get to the penalty shoot-out.

When they got there I thought maybe this is the year but we did not and it is sad.

Maybe we are just jinxed.


Chris Waddle was talking to BBC Radio Five Live



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