Ince wants to only look forward

07 September 2013 08:16

Tom Ince believes the new-look England Under-21s can make amends for the unacceptable performances seen at this summer's European Championship.

Having headed to Israel on a run of nine successive wins without conceding, the Young Lions returned home in shame after failing to take a point.

The woeful performance brought Stuart Pearce's six-year reign to an end and left players like Ince embarrassed.

The Blackpool winger is one of several players still eligible for the team and believes under new boss Gareth Southgate they can kick on.

"You can ask any player that was involved in that squad and they will be the first to put their hands up and say that was not good enough from an England side at any level," the 21-year-old told Press Association Sport.

"We know more than anyone it wasn't acceptable, but we have to move on, we can't worry about the past.

"We have to look at the new regime, look at the games coming up with the Under-21s and make sure that when the time comes around for the 2015 championships in the Czech Republic we do a lot better than we did in the summer."

England got their qualifying campaign under way on Thursday, with a1-0 win over Moldova that was far more dominant than the scoreline suggests.

Ince missed the match due to a groin tear that also saw him England's 6-0 friendly win against Scotland, but he hopes to be back soon.

"I watched them the other night against Moldova," he said, speaking at the Danone Nations Cup at Wembley. "The scoreline should have been more. We know that, but it is just starting off.

Source: PA