Stuart Pearce disappointed with England Under-21 players after Norway defeat
Stuart Pearce pointed the finger at his players after Norway ended England's European U21 Championship hopes.
Last Updated: 09/06/13 1:34pm
Pearce's side went down 3-1 in Petah Tivka and the result, on the back of an opening defeat to Italy, means they can no longer qualify from Group A.
The manager is out of contract and due to hold talks with the Football Association after the tournament, and he pulled no punches in his assessment of England's performance.
"We're disappointed," he told Sky Sports. "We're out of the competition.
"I don't think the players have done themselves credit, to be honest with you, either individually or collectively.
"You get what you deserve out of football and that's nothing out of this tournament so far. We have to now concentrate on doing things properly for the tournament's sake against Israel.
"We didn't perform over the two games consistently enough.
"We started brightly enough but then we decided it was good enough to just pass the ball and not do the defensive side and the dirty side of it and shipped three poor goals."
The return of Tom Ince and Danny Rose from suspension was expected to boost England against a team they beat twice in qualification, but by the time Craig Dawson converted a penalty they were already 3-0 behind.
When asked for an explanation, Pearce said: "It was a multitude of reasons. The substitutions and injuries going into the first game didn't help and we never got any rhythm from the Italy game.
"We passed it well without hurting them and we didn't have that cutting edge up front or those clever passes to open teams up. I just have to accept the defeat on my chin."
Pearce refused to be drawn on whether he will continue to lead England into a fifth European U21 Championship in 2015.
"I said a week ago, before a ball was kicked, that I'd speak with the FA when I got back to England," he added.
"I don't work from game to game, I never have done. I'll look back when this tournament plays itself out and we'll see from there."