England's Danny Ings, Harry Kane and Jake Caskey look dejected after Andrea Belotti (not pictured) scored the first goal for Italy
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Another tournament exit and another inquest, the failure of England's under 21s has prompted a familiar debate focusing on the power of Premier League clubs, the inflated wages of pampered players and a lack of conviction from the FA.Former England great Gary Lineker blasted the English Football Association's approach to the tournament as "exasperatingly amateurish" as a host of established top Premier League players were left behind.The decision to spare Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling, Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, Arsenal midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere and Manchester United defender Phil Jones raised eyebrows as did the FA's response after the tournament.The fallout over why certain players were allowed to miss the tournament has been drawn into the wider debate surrounding the perennial struggle between national teams and the all-powerful Premier League.
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