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Germany's European exit was shameful, slams Can

Under 21 Championships: Emre Can called Germany Under-21s' heaviest-ever defeat a "dark day" for the whole country.

Portugal were always expected to test the European Championship favourites yesterday but few could have foreseen their 5-0 victory.

Liverpool midfielder Can was certainly guilty of under-performing, leaving him to reflect: "I talked a lot about this tournament, big talk even. I wanted to win the title.

"I don't know why, but for some reason, I didn't show my best out there. If I am honest, it is just shameful.

"From the first minute onward we failed to find our rhythm." Can's Anfield team mate Tiago Ilori is confident Portugal can win the Championship.

"We're going to do everything we can and of course we're confident - we've always been confident."

Born in Hampstead to a Portuguese mother and Nigerian-English father, the defender lived in north London until his family emigrated to the Algarve when he was seven and he remains eligible for England - not that he is thinking about that. "To be honest, I'm here to represent Portugal," the Liverpool centre-back said. "I am English, I am Portuguese as well. Hopefully next season I can impress at Liverpool."

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