Ibe suffering “confidence crisis” after England sending off

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In case you missed it, Jordon Ibe was sent off in the 91st minute of England U21’s 1-1 draw with Switzerland U21s on Saturday (via BBC).

England U21 boss Gareth Southgate has now said the player is suffering from a confidence crisis (via Echo).

“I think players, especially at Jordon’s age, go through peaks and troughs,” he said.

“He doesn’t look full of confidence at the minute: we have got to try and help him get to the level that we think we can achieve. He doesn’t look like he is in a rhythm.

“That is disappointing for him but no reason that he can’t find it again.”

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Southgate has set a precedent in the past – Andre Wisdom was sent off in September 2013 and never played for the U21s again.

“Andre never played again because of competition for places,” said Southgate. “With any sending off it gives opportunity for other people to play and come through. It wasn’t my intention at that moment in time that Andre wouldn’t play again.

“However the opportunity that was given up – we had John Stones and Michael Keane come in – so good players took their chances. That is the difficulty.”

Ibe will miss one match against Norway in September.



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