Two consecutive defeats have been littered with individual errors beyond Boothroyd’s control – goalkeeper Dean Henderson the latest culprit when he allowed Florinel Coman’s 88th minute daisy-cutter to squirm through his grasp – but responsibility for this weak performance and early exit rests with the head coach. His decision not to start Phil Foden against Romania backfired spectacularly.England equalised twice in quick succession as they served up another frenzied climax to a Group C fixture but Henderson’s error, followed by another spectacular strike in stoppage time by Coman, ensured Demarai Gray’s and Tammy Abraham’s goals were in vain. Gray had claimed England remained the best squad in the tournament following their defeat by France. Henderson repeated the nonsense after shipping four goals to an average Romania side. The fact is they play Croatia on Monday to decide who is the third best team in the group.“Are we better than Romania? Yes. Are we better than France? Yes,” the Manchester United keeper said in Cesena. “Looking at the squad and players, I still believe we are the best team in the tournament. With the group of players we have really under-achieved. We wanted to come here and win this tournament. Whoever goes on to win the tournament realistically we know we can beat as well. It is a shame. We have let ourselves down. We have let the country down.”That part was true at least.Boothroyd stood by his decision to omit Foden from the starting lineup, explaining he wanted to keep the Manchester City talent fresh for the late stages and avoid the kind of hamstring injury that struck Ryan Sessegnon only 12 minutes after he had replaced Harvey Barnes. England looked threatening onlyonce Foden replaced Sessegnon – a forced substitution – and the head coach’s argument was undermined by the 19-year-old’s record of starting 14 club matches this season. The Romania coach, Matei Radoi, stuck with the same XI that beat Croatia 4-1 on Tuesday and was rewarded with an incisive, cohesive and purposeful performance. England were lacking on all counts until a second half improvement instigated by their brightest talent. Share on LinkedIn Read more match reports The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share via Email Topics European Under-21 Championship Asked whether he regretted not starting Foden, Boothroyd replied: “It is a difficult one to answer. If we’d have taken our chances and gone on to a dramatic victory it would have been the right thing to do. He didn’t start for a reason, because I wanted to make sure he was fresh coming on and not running out of gas at the end. That was my decision. Do I regret it? I think it’s time for reflection from me without making any daft statements. We are disappointed and wish we could have put in a better performance.”Henderson was forced into several early saves as Romania counter-attacked with speed and penetration from the start. Ianis Hagi, son of the great Gheorghe, revelled in the space Hamza Choudhury would usually protect. England had no like-for-like replacement for the suspended defensive midfielder, Kieran Dowell took the role but had little support from Mason Mount or the erratic James Maddison, and Hagi, George Puscas and Dennis Man wreaked havoc in the first half.Romania opened the scoring as England were starting to exert control in the second half. Puscas coolly converted a penalty past Henderson following Jonjoe Kenny’s clumsy foul on the influential substitute Coman. Gray levelled with a fine curling drive only for Hagi to restore Romania’s lead when he pounced on Fikayo Tomori’s weak clearance and found the bottom corner from 20 yards. Abraham, collecting Mount’s inviting cross, gave England hope of a reprieve once more before Coman chanced his luck from distance and wheeled away in delight as the ball slipped through Henderson’s grasp and over the line. An outstanding half-volley from Coman the destroyer confirmed England’s elimination. England Under-21s Share on Twitter England’s Wan-Bissaka gifts France win at U-21 Euros despite penalty misses Share on Facebook One by one England’s players fell to the ground at the realisation their European Championship campaign had come to a humiliatingly abrupt end. A suitable image for a tournament floored by late collapses, first France and now Romania, and Aidy Boothroyd may not be spared from its domino effect. England, all talk and little substance, are heading home.England’s head coach insisted he would not quit after a must-win game against Romania resulted in a sound beating. “I’m not going anywhere,” said Boothroyd, who was given a new two-year contract by the Football Association on the eve of the tournament. “They will have to carry me out.” That said, serious questions will have to be asked of the head coach given his selections and substitutions contributed significantly to this failure. Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Romania Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp
World Cup World Cup 2018 prize money: How much do the winners get & countries’ bonus payments Ryan Kelly 20:40 3/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Goal/Getty World Cup The prestige of winning the biggest sporting tournament in the world is made all the sweeter with a lucrative reward Winning the World Cup is undoubtedly the pinnacle of football for many footballers and the prestige that accompanies such an achievement lasts a lifetime.The fact that it only comes around every four years adds to the glory, but that isn’t the only thing the 32 teams competing in the tournament are playing for.As with most top-level football competitions in the modern era there are financial rewards for winning the World Cup and even those who don’t win are in for a lucrative boost. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player With the tournament getting closer – it’s just four months away now – Goal takes a look at how much prize money is at stake in Russia this summer. How much money do the World Cup winners get?FIFA confirmed in October 2017 that a total of $400 million would be shared between the participants at the 2018 World Cup in the form of prize money.Simply reaching the finals is worth a minimum of $9.5m ($8m for taking part in the group stage and $1.5m for tournament costs).If a team progresses from the group stage but gets knocked out at the round of 16 they will be rewarded with an extra $4m (a total of $12m). Teams that are eliminated in the quarter-final stage will receive a further $4m ($16m) and the final four will each receive different amounts, depending on how well they do.The beaten semi-finalists who contest the third-place play-off will share $46m, with $24m going to winner and $22m going to the loser.The 2018 World Cup final is a $66m game and the winners will be paid $38m with the runners-up getting $28m. Those figures will be boosted by the $1.5m for tournament costs and all prizes will be paid out after the completion of the competition.You can see a breakdown of the prizes in our table below.World Cup 2018 prize money: Position Prize (per team) Total prize fund Group stage $8m $128m Last 16 $12m $96m Quarter-finals $16m $64m Fourth place $22m $22m Third place $24m $24m Runners-up $28m $28m Winners $38m $38m TOTAL – $400m *Prize money is in US dollarsWhat was the World Cup 2014 prize money?The prize money available to participants at the last World Cup in 2014 was slightly lower than the latest fund with the overall pot coming in at $358m – $42m less than 2018.Germany won the tournament and were paid $35m for doing so, which is $3m less than what awaits the 2018 winners. Beaten finalists in 2014, Argentina, got $25m, while third-place Netherlands were given $22m and fourth-place Brazil received $20m.The prize for reaching the tournament was the same at $8m, but the corresponding prize money for each subsequent round has now gone up.World Cup 2014 prize money: Position Prize (per team) Total prize fund Group Stage $8m $128m Last 16 $9m $72m Quarter-finals $14m $56m Fourth place $20m $20m Third place $22m $22m Runners-up $25m $25m Winners $35m $35m TOTAL – $358m *Prize money is in US dollarsWorld Cup bonus paymentsThe central FIFA prize fund is awarded to national associations and the associations themselves generally reward their teams for their performances as well.Performance-based bonus payments are shared between squads who take part in the tournament and, naturally, they increase depending on how well a team does.These bonus payments are at the discretion of each association and are often negotiated with representatives for the players. Expectations for each team will be different, so the bonus payments on offer will inevitably vary. Nations who expect to challenge for the World Cup, for example, are likely to have a relatively smaller reward for reaching the quarter-finals than teams that would be happy to get out of the group.England’s World Cup bonus paymentEngland are not considered among the favourites to win the tournament, but should they manage to pull it off and clinch their second world title, the players would stand to pocket a reward.According to the Sun, Gareth Southgate’s men will share £5m should they win the World Cup, which works out at around £215k per player.However, the report says that the Three Lions will get nothing if they fail to progress from the group stage.Germany’s World Cup bonus paymentThe reigning champions, Germany, will share a significant fee if they manage to retain their crown with the German football association (DFB) dangling an €8m carrot in front of the squad.That would see each player pocket €350k, but they will also benefit to the tune of €200k each if they lose the final.A third-place finish will see every player get €150k, a fourth-place finish is worth €125k each and they will receive €75k for reaching the quarter-finals.