Gary Lineker believes Gareth Southgate has to switch the emphasis of his England team to attack after labelling them “scared” in the Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy.
Football is going to Rome rather than coming home after the Three Lions fell agonisingly short of replicating the World Cup triumph of 1966 at a rocking Wembley.
Luke Shaw fired England into a dream lead inside 117 seconds but Roberto Mancini’s men grew into Sunday’s final, with Leonardo Bonucci levelling to take the match to extra-time.
It ended 1-1 under the arch as the match went to spot-kicks and, just like the last major tournament played on home soil 25 years ago, it ended in penalty heartbreak.
Southgate missed the crucial effort in the Euro 96 semi-final against Germany and took responsibility after Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka failed from the spot on Sunday night.
Southgate started with a a three/five at the back and despite getting off to a flier they could not put their more experienced opponents to bed.
Instead England sat back and subs Saka, Grealish and Henderson failed to have much impact.
Former England striker Lineker thinks England need to be “braver” and find away to get their ball-playing players involved.
Lineker 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.”
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.
— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) July 11, 2021
Jorginho should have seen red
Meanwhile, fellow BBC pundit Frank Lampard believes Jorginho should have been sent off in extra time after a nasty-looking challenge on Gralish.
Jorginho forcefully followed through on the Aston Villa man with his studs caught Grealish’s left thigh.
Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers gave a yellow card to Jorginho but Lampard believes the Chelsea midfielder would have been sent off for making the same challenge in a Premier League game.
“It feels like it follows on from VAR,” Lampard told the BBC.
“There’s been a lot of good things about VAR, but I’m pretty sure in the Premier League that gets looked at on the monitor and it’s a red card.
“It’s not always easy to nail them straight away. But I think it’s a red card when you see it there.’
Former England striker Alan Shearer also believes that Jorginho should have been dismissed.
“It’s careless, it was endangering the safety of an opponent,” said Shearer.
“It was over the top and it should’ve been a red card.”