England Under 21 boss Stuart Pearce faces an anxious wait to see if he will remain as the head coach of the side.
After an abysmal effort in the Under 21 Championships, where the young three lions lost all of their group games, scoring just one goal, the former England player has come under scrutiny for his managerial credibility.
However, let’s not forget that the squad he had to choose from had the minimal number of under 21 players playing in the top flight out of all European divisions, with the best of that crop already in the senior England side.
Some fans and pundits have called for this to be the way it should be, with the senior side getting the overall benefit, but in reality it shows the complete lack of depth in our International game.
Other nations such as Spain and Germany have more younger players in their senior squads, yet still produce players of star quality in the Under 21 and the Under 19 categories.
A recent article by the Mail showed less than 35% of players in the Premiership were English, which is down 10% on both Germany and Italy, while Spain have an impressive 59% of players.
With this stat, it is little wonder that their are no longer the sheer volumes of players coming through, or the star quality to make England a force on both fronts.
Pearce could potentially done better in the championships but with a lack of talent at his disposal, cannot be blamed fully.
Unless an overhaul in the structure of the game is produced, expect to see England fail at Championships for many years more.