After such promise shown during qualifying and the friendly run-in, the England U21 effort in Israel has turned out to be an utter failure--a narrow loss to Italy in the opener could be forgiven given the relative quality of the opposition, but the 0-3 follow-up against Norway eliminated them from the competition was a total embarrassment, leaving them with nothing to play for in today's final match of group play against Israel. The FA will hope for better from the U20s later this month in Turkey, and today Peter Taylor selected another Liverpool youngster to lead them, choosing Conor Coady as his captain.
Coady is developing a nice little resume at the youth ranks for both club and country, leading Liverpool in the youth ranks for a few seasons now and captaining the England U17s in their Euro-winning campaign in Liechtenstein in 2010. He also appeared for the U19 Euros in 2012 as part of a team that made it to the semifinals, and will now lead out his country for the second time at a major international tournament.
He's been on the cusp for what seems like years for his club; he was included in a Europa League squad under Roy Hodgson without making an appearance, and then found himself back and forth between the fringes of the first team squad and captaining the U21s. He finally made his Premier League debut this season in the final away match of the season, coming on in the 88th minute of the 3-1 win at Fulham.
I think I've written some variant of "this season will be interesting to watch" regarding Conor Coady once or twice as a result of how much time he's seemingly spent on the fringes, and the coming season doesn't appear to be any different. Like a handful of others, Conor Coady looks like a player who could use a loan and regular first-team football to allow for any sort of decision to be made regarding his future. Whether or not he'll get that remains to be seen, and for now he can hopefully enjoy a good run with the U20s in Turkey before returning to Liverpool to prepare for the coming season.