Play-off for Doherty

Friday 10 May 2002

England were eliminated from the UEFA European Under 17 Championships on Tuesday night after losing 3-0 to a well-organised Switzerland team.

England went down to an early goal, and despite plenty of hard work, never looked as though they would be able to get back into the game. Fulham's Sean Doherty came off the bench at the end but with insufficient time to have any influence on the outcome of the match

England had progressed to the semis on Sunday after overcoming a tough Yugoslavian side 1-0 courtesy of a goal from Everton's prolific striker Wayne Rooney. Doherty for this game was an unused substitute.

The group stages had seen England qualify for the quarter-finals with a 3-2 victory over Finland with Doherty coming off the bench to score the winner, a 2-0 win against Holland and a goaless draw against hosts Denmark with Doherty in the starting line-up.

It was a disappointing end to what has been a good tournament for England. Sean Doherty acquitted himself well but was disappointed not to have had more opportunities to show what he could do. He will have gained immensely from the experience however.

England will now meet the losers of the other semi final, Spain, who lost on penalties to France, in a 3rd place play-off on Friday.