Gary Neville slams ‘impossible’ and ‘immobile’ England line-up

Gary Neville has criticised England’s line-up after their 0-0 draw with Denmark, claiming “it was never going to work”.

England ended the most challenging international camp of Gareth Southgate’s reign with another forgettable display as their Nations League trip to Denmark finished goalless.

As if the coronavirus measures, fitness concerns and Harry Maguire’s withdrawal were not enough for the Three Lions boss to contend with, Southgate sent Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden home on the eve of the Copenhagen clash after breaching the bio bubble.

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Southgate certainly has plenty to mull over after their first international break in 10 months, with England failing to score from open play in either of their matches.

Three days on from Raheem Sterling’s penalty sealing an unconvincing win in Iceland, the Three Lions again frustrated with the attackers isolated and midfield lacking creativity in front of a three-man backline featuring debutant Conor Coady.

The 3-4-3 formation needs work and most probably a change of personnel and Neville says the make up of the XI was all wrong.

Neville told Sky Sports: “It was never going to work. Eric Dier, Kieran Trippier, Raheem Sterling, the two in midfield, the balance of that team was never going to deliver wonderful football.

“It was impossible.”

When asked by Jamie Carragher whether left-footed Tyrone Mings would have made a difference in defence, he replied: “It was more than putting in a left-footed centre-back, it was more than that.

“They were immobile up front and the two in midfield had no rotation. Trippier at right wing-back always cutting back on to his left foot.

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“It’s no fault of the players or Gareth to be fair because he did not have anyone else to call upon.”

“But as soon as he put Mount off the front and they started to push up the pitch things started to change.”

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