England didn’t TRY to beat Scotland! Jose Mourinho insists Three Lions showed ‘no risk or desire’ to beat their bitter rivals and says a ‘fear of losing’ impacted Gareth Southgate’s subs at Wembley
Jose Mourinho has claimed Gareth Southgate’s ‘fear of losing’ was behind England’s drab display against Scotland as the Portuguese hit out at the Three Lions’ lack of ‘desire’ in the Wembley stalemate.
England entered their Group D showdown with the Auld Enemy as strong favourites having gotten their Euros campaign off to a strong start with a 1-0 win over Croatia on Sunday.
However, Steve Clarke’s side were the better of the two sides over 90 minutes, limiting Harry Kane & Co to few chances while posing a threat to Jordan Pickford’s goal.
Jose Mourinho has hit out at England’s lack of ‘risk and desire’ during Scotland stalemate
The Three Lions came unstuck against the Scots, and were unable to find a breakthrough goal
Mourinho claims that Gareth Southgate’s ‘fear of losing’ was behind their lack of adventure
Friday’s 0-0 draw leaves England on four points and with a strong chance of qualification for the knockout rounds, but Three Lions fans were left underwhelmed by the showing against the Scots.
And Mourinho believes that Southgate’s decision not to withdraw Kalvin Phillips in the second half demonstrated a ‘fear of losing’ with the England boss unwilling to make the changes required to go for victory.
‘I didn’t see any risk or desire from England to gamble and try and win,’ Mourinho told talkSPORT via The Sun.
‘If England needed to beat Scotland then I think Phillips would have been subbed around the 60th minute for more creativity. But a fear of losing kept him on the pitch.
‘The pragmatism of the result and qualification [from the group] showed itself clearly from minute 70 to 75, that it was more important than the emotion of the game or the desire to win against a historical rival.’
More to follow.