Lee Carsley tells England to make the most of their chance in the final of the European U21 Championships.
The game in Georgia’s Batumi Arena is the end of a two-year cycle for Carsley’s team. Once the match is over, many of his players will no longer be able to play U21 football.
“We’ve talked about how this is just a moment in time and that it will be over soon,” Carsley said.
“It’s about making the most of the present and trying to convince them that they can’t go back in time. We aren’t going to get this time back, no matter how well we’ve used it.
“We’re trying to take away the stress so they can enjoy the event.
“I’ve always thought that if you give the players a sense of ownership and responsibility, they’re more likely to do well because they feel like they’re part of what we’re trying to do.”
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People have given the Young Lions a lot of praise for how exciting their football has been during this event.
England hasn’t given up a goal in the game either, and the idea that they could win the trophy has started a conversation about how this could be one of the best groups of young English players.
Carsley said, “I think the fact that they’ve made it this far in the tournament suggests that.”
“Three age groups are coming together: the 21-year-olds from before, the 20-year-olds, and some 19-year-olds. So it was important to make sure that the team had a good vibe and that everyone got along.
“Many of them want the same spot and have been playing against each other for a while. So it’s about finding the right balance.”
“I don’t see a beginning, middle, or end to this.”
Carsley’s own future has been a topic of conversation leading up to this event. His 50-year-old contract is on a rolling basis, and there has been a lot of talk that he could leave his job at the end of the Championships.
“I don’t see this as the beginning, middle, or end,” he said.
“It was more important to me that the players had a great time. That was the most important thing.”
“I don’t see this as the beginning of something else. This is a way for me to make sure I can do a good job and be as ready as I can be. I tried not to think too far ahead about what would happen next three or four years ago. As a player, I did that a lot and thought about it all the time.
“As a teacher, I try to avoid that. I don’t see these guys as stepping stones. In fact, I see them as the opposite. “What matters most to me is that they do well in the final and show what they can do.”
If England beats Spain, it will be the first time since 1984 that the Young Lions have won this tournament.
Carsley said, “The team has maybe two or three levels to go.” “If they work well together, tomorrow will be a hell of a show.
“The team’s energy will change depending on how big the stage is. “I’m excited about it.”