Wisdom: U21s still hurting
Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom says the England U21 team is determined to prove the critics wrong, starting on Tuesday when they take on their Scottish counterparts.
The fixture at Bramall Lane is their first since the dismal European Championship campaign in Israel, which saw them fail to score from open play in three successive defeats.
Wisdom, one of only six survivors from that squad, feels he has plenty to prove, especially with senior coach Roy Hodgson in charge of the team while the Football Association seeks a permanent replacement for Stuart Pearce.
"Every time you put on the England shirt you have something to prove because there are millions of other people who want to put the shirt on and represent their country," Wisdom said.
"But looking back at the Euros that we went through, obviously it wasn't good and hopefully we can learn from it - starting tonight, picking up a good start and then hopefully keeping going in the right way.
"I wouldn't say we have gotten over it (the Euros). Hopefully we can just learn from it and when we play again, because it has suggested we may not be good enough, try to prove the critics wrong.
"I can stand here now and make excuse after excuse, but we have to do our talking on the pitch. Hopefully we, myself and the team, can just impress the fans and the manager."