Matt Targett has vowed that the England U19 players who suffered a 1-0 Elite Round loss to Ukraine will learn from their mistakes and come back stronger.
The full-back was disappointed not to see the Young Lions close the Ukraine clash out before Thursday’s visitors forced a winner in the dying stages to secure their own European Championship qualification while preventing England.
While insisting it was a disappointing goal to concede, Targett maintains that the young defenders will improve their ability to hold onto the required result in the latter periods of matches.
The 18-year-old told saintsfc.co.uk: “If we get a chance to play in a tournament like this again then we’ll show that we’ve learnt from the mistake against Ukraine.
“We needed better game-management at the end. It was a silly goal to give away, especially so late on which gave us no chance to get back. But we’ll learn from it and come back stronger.”
Assessing the campaign from a personal point of view, Targett – a more experienced and regular member of the U19 squad – was satisfied with his displays that he feels built his comfort and composure within the Young Lions backline.
“As the Elite Round went on I felt more confident with each game,” the left-back added. “I felt very good towards the end.
“I’ve been happy with my own performances. I was unlucky not to play a full game against Ukraine. I had to come off with a groin problem as I’d picked up a little knock.
“Overall, I’ve been really pleased with what I’ve done while I’ve been away with England. It’s been a great experience for me.”