The chances of England batting better at the European U21 tournament seems to be much better than before. It’s hard to understand how Pearce decided Michael Mancienne, a defender, was a better bet for midfield against Spain than £20million-rated Everton star Jack Rodwell. It’s even harder to understand how Rodwell is rated at £20m.

Mancienne certainly looks the part, the part I had in mind was a player for Arsenal Ladies.

England will now have to beat the Czech Republic (who went unbeaten in qualifying) to progress in the ­tournament, otherwise it’s back to the drawing book for Pearce.

Pyscho’s rabble are 4-6 with Hills to fail to ­progress.

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