England Under 19s beat Scotland last night but failed to qualify for the European Under 19 Championship.
They had to better Georgia on the night to make it through but Georgia’s win against Belgium saw England eliminated.
England saw off the Auld Enemy with goals from Shaquile Coulthirst, Lewis Baker and Chuba Akpom.
Giorgi Pantsulaia and Guram Samushia sealed Georgia’s progression in the other group game.
Two consecutive draws against the other two teams in Group 6 ultimately meant England would not be on the plane to Lithuania, as only one team qualifies from each group.
It raises concerns about the future of our national game that we are failing to beat sides like Georgia to major tournaments at youth level.
How can someone justify that a team ranked 96th in the senior FIFA world rankings should reach a major tournament ahead of England, especially at under 19 level, that the FA seem to take quite seriously?
However, Georgian football seems to be on the rise. They were losing semi-finalists in the 2012 European under 17 Championship. Much of the current under 19 crop played in that tournament. If you’re backing someone to progress internationally in years to come, take a second to have a look at them!