Manchester United’s David De Gea shocked by England’s toothless young Lions as under-21s crash out of Euros

By Alex Bysouth

Manchester United shot-stopper David De Gea was shocked at a lack of fight that saw England’s young Lions crash out of the European Championships this week.

Stuart Pearce’s under-21 outfit came under criticism this week following lackluster performances and losses to Italy, Norway and host nation Israel.

And De Gea, whose Spain side face Norway in the semi-finals on Saturday, confessed it was a surprise to not see England making it into the final four.

“I’m surprised with England as I would have expected them to have put up more of a fight and win more points,” he told the Spanish media.

“I thought they would have been in the semi-finals, but that is football – sometimes these things happen.

 “We are into the semi-finals again and we are very happy with that, we have had two tough games and, thankfully, we have been lucky enough to get through.”

“They are all good teams when you get to this stage of a tournament, they all have a lot of quality. It will be difficult whoever we face.”

The 22-year-old former Atletico Madrid keeper was brought to Old Trafford by former boss Sir Alex Ferguson, but is excited to work with new man David Moyes on his return.

“It was a surprise to us all that Ferguson left,” he explained. “But we know that when we get back to training Moyes will be there and it is going to be a pleasure to work with him.”

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