Jose Mourinho tears into Luke Shaw and another England man after Czech win
Jose Mourinho has once again waded in on Luke Shaw after claiming the Manchester United full-back and Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips contributed to “the only negatives” from England’s win over Czech Republic.
Raheem Sterling scored the only goal of the game again at Wembley as the Three Lions secured top spot in Group D. It means they now face a potential last-16 showdown with Portugal, France or Germany. The Manchester City forward headed home a Jack Grealish cross in an impressive first-half performance from Southgate’s men.
While their level dropped somewhat in a drab second period, England can at least look forward to another game at Wembley in the knockout stages.
After the game, England coach Gareth Southgate was quick to praise Bukayo Saka, who was a deserved Star of the Match.
However, Mourinho felt there were two negatives to come from England’s win in Shaw and Phillips.
“The only negative thing I would say is they were very poor on attacking corners,” Mourinho told talkSPORT.
“The service was dramatically bad. They have so many good players to attack corners.
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“Luke Shaw, in my opinion, very good tonight but very poor on the corner. Kalvin Phillips, the same.”
Mourinho often clashed with Shaw during the Portuguese’s time at Manchester United. In fact, the full-back spoke earlier this year of how that criticism affected his game.
Jose Mourinho praises England game management
New Roma boss Mourinho, however, was impressed with England’s game management and feels they deserved their victory.
“It looks good, the players are in good form, Sancho was ready for every second he was on the pitch. The mentality inside is very good,” said Mourinho.
“Today they showed two different versions. Great mobility in attack and great creativity. Second half they were a team of position, great positional play and control, you need that in the knockout stage.
“People are not over the moon because people are always asking for more and different kind of football, but inside the camp – they will be happy. They will feel they did the job well and they’re ready.
“The next one is the one because it will be against a top team. Yes, an advantage because of Wembley, but pressure because it will be a big opponent.
“If they go to the quarter-finals, this match could be the one which pushes them all the way.”
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