Gareth Southgate is not someone to release the hair dryer, but he delivered a strict message Wembley on Tuesday five days earlier.
Some players from England emerged after the game to suggest that they were still among the best teams in the final. Southgate just didn't buy it.
& # 39; There were good moments and some not so good moments, but that's the development in football, & # 39; said Southgate. "You have to go through some of those setbacks.
" For me, the greatest reminder among seniors was that we should always have humility.
& # 39; We play a country like Romania, I don't know if we thought we were better, but they had some really good players.
& # 39; I thought they were a good team, they had a stadium full of support. I didn't like that our boys came and thought they were still the best team in the tournament.
& # 39; That may not be the case. But that is a bit up to their age. They must recognize it and learn from it.
ENGLAND SQUAD IN FULL
Goalkeepers : Tom Heaton (Aston Villa), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley)
 ] Defenders : Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Leicester), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Michael Keane (Everton), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Kieran Trippier (Madrid Atletico), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United)
Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Chelsea), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), James Maddison (Leicester), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Declan Rice (West Ham), Harry Winks (Tottenham)
Forwards : Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)
] & Frankly, I've had 30 years in soccer and those guys have had three, so they won't know all those things. They were a little misleading if that was their thinking process. & # 39;
It is a point that Southgate seems to be impressed by its players. The boss of the national team has one of the most exciting generations of football players in Europe to choose from. It is not often that we can be so positive about the English game.
Indeed, Thursday's call-ups for James Maddison, Mason Mount, Aaron Wan-Bissaka – all part of that Under 21 squadron – and Tyrone Mings are a good example.
But it takes more than talent. Ego & # 39; s must be left at the door. Keep your head down and graft. At least, that's what Southgate will tell its players when they sign up for training at St George's Park on Sunday.
With Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo on the horizon, imagine that there are a few in the team who believe that that is six points in the pocket. Of course they are probably right.
Southgate, however, does not stand for such arrogance.
We play Kosovo in the second game here and they are a good team. They have some really good players and the pride of a new nation, & he said.
& # 39; We cannot underestimate such games. They are undefeated in 12 to 15 games, so we would be naive to think that it will be easy.
& # 39; We now breed young, confident players who have great confidence in their technical skills. But what makes a top player? Technical excellence?
& # 39; Yes, the ability to incorporate and execute tactical discipline, with and without the ball. And mental resilience – not just mental self-confidence, but real mental resilience.
& # 39; And then the physical properties: to live with the game at the speed it is now playing and thrive on those high athletic levels. So there's a lot that needs to come together for all these guys. Of course he does. You just have to look at the courage of the English manager when selecting another team full of youth and relative inexperience.
But Southgate does not doubt itself for a second. He is convinced that it is the right decision to leave 48-cap Kyle Walker out of his team.
Southgate said it is important to understand the reason for dropping a player.
"It is especially important that the player understands why you do that – what Kyle does," the manager of England said.
"For a long period of time we have been brave in some of those decisions and we" we have many good things and we would support ourselves. We watch the games enough and do our due diligence. We know where the team has to go. & # 39;
And if the young people who enter the team or those who knock on the door doubted how they could get there, they are not now.