Lineker: Southgate must change tack with ‘scared’ England

Gary Lineker says Gareth Southgate should look to make England more attacking after claiming they were ‘scared’ in defeat to Italy at Euro 2020.

Luke Shaw gave the Three Lions an early lead at Wembley before Leonardo Bonucci’s equaliser took the game to extra-time and then penalties.

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all failed to convert their spot kicks as Italy came out on top.

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Southgate started with a back five which worked wonders in the first half before a tactical switch from Roberto Mancini swung the game in Italy’s favour.

England sat back for large periods of the second half and Lineker claims they need to be “braver” and find a way to “release that talent”.

He wrote on Twitter: “I think going forward England have to find a way of being more attack minded.

“Braver in possession and throwing more people forward.

“We have the forward talent to scare teams, at present we seem scared ourselves to release that talent.”

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho has criticised Southgate’s decision to have Saka take Engand’s fifth penalty.

He said: “The decision of the penalty talkers, I think it is hard to leave Saka as the last one. I think it is hard for a kid to have everything on his shoulders at that moment. I just feel very sorry for him.

“In this situation where was (Raheeem) Sterling, where was (John) Stones, where was (Luke) Shaw?

“I feel that Gareth is such an honest guy. Such a protective coach of his players. I don’t think he would ever say players were not ready (to take a penalty).”

Former England full-back Stuart Pearce disagreed with Mourinho and defended Southgate’s choice of penalty takers.

“When we won the last two penalty shoot-outs before last night nobody was complaining about the process in picking the players to take them,” Pearce said.

“Jadon (Sancho), Marcus (Rashford) and Bukayo look like strong characters. These three boys will spring back. Our profession is tough at times but you have got to be resilient.”


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