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Di Canio believes Southgate’s England lacks identity at Euros

Sat 19 June 2021 | 4:14

Sky Sport Italia pundits Paolo Di Canio and Guiseppe Bergomi were left disappointed by Gareth Southgate’s England after a goalless draw against Scotland.

The Three Lions beat

Croatia

1-0 on their Euro 2020 opening match, but they failed to secure a spot in the knockout stages of Euro 2020 as

they were held to a 0-0 draw by bitter rivals Scotland

at Wembley on Friday night.

The Three Lions went into the contest as favorites, but Scotland produced a spirited performance to secure a point from what was the first goalless match between the old rivals in 33 meetings at Wembley.

“Scotland did very well considering their potential, but we were very unimpressed by England,”

former

West Ham United

star,

Sunderland

and

Swindon Town

manager

Di Canio

told Sky Sport Italia

.

“It’s a lot of talented players stuck together, but they have no identity, no movement, no invention, no courage to make a searching pass, it’s just not in their DNA.

“When the central midfielders can’t play, they need Stones or someone to play their way out from the back. He’s no Bonucci, but he has to try. It’s not just the players, but the coach has to tell them they are making the wrong runs at the wrong time.”

Harry Kane

again seemed toothless in front of the goal, but Di Canio believes his poor form is not because of an injury.

“I’ve been saying for the last three months of the Premier League season, and let it be known I adore Kane, that I didn’t like his attitude.

“He doesn’t put heart into it, he doesn’t chase players down. We all know he wants to leave Tottenham, but that attitude has continued on into the Euros. I think it’s more a mental issue than a physical one, he’s out of steam.”

Bergomi

, who won the 1982 World Cup with Italy, pointed out a big difference between

Gareth Southgate

’s England and

Roberto Mancini

’s Italy.

“This is a situation where there’s no idea, no plan. When you have talents working together for the team, that brings the best out of the individuals too,”

said Bergomi

.

“England, I will be honest, disappointed me this evening.”


source: SportMob