Hamza Choudhury claims he ‘let England down’ after France red card

A dark moment of his career

Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudhury has apologised to England’s fans and claimed that he let his teammates down after being sent off against France.

Choudhury and England got their U21 European Championship campaign underway with a clash against France on Tuesday evening.

While Phil Foden scored the opener, Aidy Boothroyd’s side fell to defeat after Choudhury was sent off and England conceded two late goals, including an Aaron Wan-Bissaka own goal.

Speaking after the game, Leicester’s Choudhury pinned a fair bit of the blame on himself.

“I have let the lads down, I have let the country down”

The midfielder explained that he let his teammates down and apologised for his sending off.

“I just want to let everyone know that I know I have let them down,” Choudhury told the Guardian.

“I just want to get that message out there and really apologise. I remember that the ball was there to be won but, honestly, watching back it looked like I was over-aggressive. It wasn’t malicious and I didn’t want to hurt him whatsoever.”


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Choudhury delved deeper into how the red card has made him feel, claiming that he’s struggling to keep his head up after the incident.

“I don’t think I have ever felt worse in my footballing career than I do right now,” he continued.

“I have let the lads down, I have let the country down. I understand playing at this level comes with a certain pressure.

“I will go back and think about it.

“The next time I get in that situation, I won’t make that tackle. Right now, I am just upset. The lads were brilliant with me to be honest; they picked me up off the floor, they told me to keep my head up. But right now, I can’t. I just can’t. It’s a really difficult time.”


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