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Gary Neville uses Liverpool stars as samples to criticize England.

Gary Neville uses Liverpool stars as samples to criticize England.

The Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has applied Liverpool duo Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson as examples in critique of Southgate’s England team.

The Three Lions left little to be appreciated in their 0-0 draw against Scotland at Wembley last week, and the pundit gathers he knows what Gareth Southgate is missing.

Speaking to ITV, cited by The Anfield Talk, the pundit honed in on Chelsea and Man United full-backs Reece James and Luke Shaw’s performances, using Trent and Robbo as examples.

“Liverpool have not had a creative midfield over the last four years with Fabinho, Henderson and Wijnaldum, but they still created chances from wide with Alexander-Arnold and Robertson.

“James and Shaw didn’t do that [against Scotland],” he said.

England failed to create goal-scoring chances against Scotland, but the Tartan Army deserves credit for frustrating the hosts and walking away from Wembley without conceding a single goal.

The Three Lions are in business again on Tuesday night, with a draw against the Czech Republic adequate to establish their place in the Euro 2020 knockouts.


Four points from their opening two matches is likely to be enough to secure reliable passage to the next round, but just one shot on target against Scotland did little to spur confidence.

Evaluating his team’s performance, Southgate told talkSPORT: “It was a very difficult game. We know we need to perform better and we know Scotland both with the ball played well and defended resiliently and made it difficult for us.

“In the end, it’s the sort of game where you could push and lose discipline and lose the game. In a tournament, although the desire is to win the game because of who the opposition is as well it means there’s an even bigger reaction externally by not winning.

“We had to hold our nerve and take the point, we’re on four points and in terms of qualification that’s important.”

Fans were already releasing their disappointments at the England performance both at the game and on social media.

Question marks were particularly raised as to why players like Jadon Sancho were left on the bench while Bukayo Saka was not even in the squad.

When questioned about the criticism, Southgate replied:
“I understand that as the manager and that should be directed at me. It’s up to me to get the results and it’s the players we’ve got to get behind.

“There’s a lot of young players there, they’re still in a good position to qualify in this tournament.

“We understand this is a game that means so much to everyone and when you don’t win it the reaction is going to be even bigger, derby matches are like that.

“Direct that at me, let’s get behind the team and get them ready for the next game and we will look to improve that performance.”

He added: “We have to accept that we’re at home, we’re expected to win, we’re expected to make the running.

“There are times where we have to still be brave enough to be patient with the ball. You can’t just go flying forward.

“The spaces against Scotland, you had to probe one side and switch to the other. You have to work those teams out. There’s more emotion attached to this game, so I totally understand the response.”

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Gary Neville uses Liverpool stars as samples to criticize England.

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