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Rooney & Pundits Critique England’s Performance at Euro 2024

Rooney & Pundits Critique England's Performance at Euro 2024

The inquest continues after England’s lackluster 1-1 draw with Denmark at Euro 2024. BBC Sport pundits Wayne Rooney, Cesc Fabregas, and Alan Shearer joined Gary Lineker to dissect the Three Lions’ performance. Here’s their take on where Gareth Southgate’s side needs improvement.

The Tactics: ‘I Don’t Think There’s a Plan’

England appeared tactically inferior to Denmark, with fewer shots, shots on target, and touches in the opposition’s box. Rooney, Fabregas, and Shearer criticized the team’s lack of pressing and negative approach.

Rooney: “The performance was flat, with no energy or balance. The players must take responsibility.”

Fabregas: “England needs a clear game plan. Spain has one, but England varies too much.”

Shearer: “We have world-class players, but it’s the manager’s job to get the best out of them. There’s a complete lack of energy and planning.”

The Players: ‘Trent Experiment Hasn’t Worked’

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s unconventional midfield role hasn’t paid off. Rooney, Fabregas, and Shearer discussed better options and adjustments.

Rooney: “Play Bellingham deeper and give Foden freedom. Anthony Gordon should be considered.”

Shearer: “The Trent experiment hasn’t worked. Southgate should reassess his strategy.”

The Manager: ‘Players Look Confused’

Shearer believes the players’ confusion stems from Southgate’s management. Rooney, however, acknowledges both players and manager need to reassess.

Shearer: “The confusion on the field comes from the manager.”

Fabregas: “Every team should have a game plan. If the striker is confused, it’s a problem.”

Rooney: “Gareth needs to make changes to get us back on the front foot.”

The Preparation: ‘Southgate Might Regret Comments’

England’s defeat by Iceland before Euro 2024 and Southgate’s admission that using Alexander-Arnold in midfield was an “experiment” raised concerns.

Fabregas: “Successful coaches go into detail. Denmark had a clear game plan.”

Rooney: “Experimenting in a major tournament is risky. Southgate might regret it if England doesn’t progress.”

The Lack of Experience: ‘You Need Voices… I Would’ve Taken Henderson’

Jordan Henderson’s absence is noted as a critical loss for experience and leadership.

Rooney: “There’s a lack of experience and voices in the team. Henderson would have been a valuable presence.”

Shearer: “We automatically sat back after scoring, indicating a lack of leadership and experience.”

Credit: BBC Sports

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