European Under-21 Championship: Tony Cascarino slams Aidy Boothroyd’s treatment of Manchester United transfer

Tony Cascarino has slammed England Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd for his treatment of Manchester United target Aaron Wan Bissaka at the European Under-21 Championship.

The Young Lions crashed out of the tournament in Italy after losing 4-2 to Romania on Friday.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is developing into a promising right-back

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka is developing into a promising right-back

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Crystal Palace right-back Wan-Bissaka and Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden, who scored a wonderful solo goal in their previous game against France, were both dropped to the bench for the crucial game.

Wan-Bissaka’s omission came after he scored an injury-time goal in a 2-1 defeat to France three days earlier.

And talkSPORT host Cascarino has hit out at Boothroyd for failing to back the young defender, who is reportedly closing in on a £55million move to Old Trafford.

He told the Weekend Sports Breakfast: “I hated the decision on Wan-Bissaka, I thought it was terrible.

“You want trust from your team, you want your players to trust that the manager is going to back you.

Questions will be raised over Aidy Boothroyd’s position following England’s disappointing campaign

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Questions will be raised over Aidy Boothroyd’s position following England’s disappointing campaign

“He [Wan-Bissaka] has made a mistake, one mistake in a game, if he’s your number one right-back, you play him again.

“All this talk of Manchester United and having his head turned, [it’s] nonsense.

“He made a mistake in a game, back him, tell him he’s still going to be number one. I think there were loads and loads of issues over the course of the two games.”

Wan-Bissaka made 35 Premier League appearances for Crystal Palace last season.

And he has been tipped for a senior England call-up in the future.

Cascarino added: “I watched him handle [Christian] Eriksen, [Eden] Hazard, [Alexis] Sanchez, he’s handled a good few wide men and he’s done it brilliantly.

“Now, if he’s going to be a scapegoat for the result against the French and on the day before the [Romania] game, we all knew he was out of the side, I found it really strange, I didn’t like it at all.”

Cascarino also criticised Boothroyd for leaving City starlet Foden out of his starting line-up, and has laid the blame for the Young Lions’ exit squarely at the manager’s feet.

“I clearly lay it down to the manager – it falls on him because of his decision-making in the games,” said the former Chelsea striker.

“You can’t change a team and have five players come in and leave out a player of Foden’s ability, who he is quite clearly England’s most creative player, when you’ve got to win a game.”

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