James Ward-Prowse would have liked his sensational free-kick against Brazil to have secured England three Toulon Tournament points on Monday night rather than a mere consolation.
Having fallen to a two-goal deficit in England’s toughest game of the U20 competition so far, the Saints midfielder’s late goal handed the Young Lions fresh impetus but failed to yield a leveller.
The 19-year-old was frustrated at how the clash resulted after what he felt was a superior performance from his team let down by goals conceded poorly.
Brazil’s win sees them go six points clear of Gareth Southgate’s third-placed side in Group B, with England's only method of qualifying ahead of the table-toppers being through goal difference.
"It was nice to get the goal and it is a bit of a rarity for me to score, so it was good," Ward-Prowse told TheFA.com. "But the main focus for me and the team was to go out and win the game.
"It was a personal highlight to score but we wanted to win so we had a chance of winning the tournament. All the lads are disappointed because they were goals we should have avoided. If that had been the case, the free-kick would have won us the game.
"We played better football than Brazil and our overall performance was a lot better.
"We showed a lot of progression and determination to win the match but it was unfortunate we conceded the goals the way we did."