England and Manchester City defender Esme Morgan believes that the Lionesses will learn lessons from their group stage exit at the UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship.
Rehanne Skinner’s side face a dead rubber match against Belgium on Monday in which they have only pride to play for after two defeats from their opening two group games ended their dreams of a place in the knockouts.
Defender Morgan captained England in their latest match, a 1-0 defeat to Spain at Forthbank Stadium in Stirling this afternoon.
Speaking to FAWSL Full-Time after the match, the player said that her side will learn from their experiences in Scotland this summer.
“I think that there is a lot which we can take from the tournament as a group” Morgan said. “I think we can learn from the experience.
“It has come down to the fine margins at the end of the day and those are the things that we have to learn from and take through the pathway.
“I know that a lot of the younger girls in the group are staying on with the 19s next season so hopefully they can use this experience and take it into their season and be more successful at the Euros (next year).
“For us older ones that are moving on, we have to use this tournament experience to help us progress through the age groups and take it into our senior careers.
Despite being just 18 years of age, Morgan has already been given game time at her club. The Manchester City prospect admits that building her senior experience in the FA Women’s Super League with City is one of her top priorities this season.
Morgan added “I want to get more game time in the league and build up some more FAWSL minutes.
“I also want to push through the age groups with England and really develop as a player and push on.”
Morgan has played in all 180 minutes of England’s tournament so far. With the Lionesses now unable to qualify for the knockouts, other players may be considered for the game against Belgium on Monday with manager Skinner potentially ready to implement an element of squad rotation.