World Cup 2018: Dele Alli, Lingard blamed for England’s 2-1 loss to Croatia

World Cup 2018: Dele Alli, Lingard blamed for England’s 2-1 loss to Croatia



A football analyst, Graeme Souness has blamed Tottenham midfielder, Dele Alli, Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard and England’s coach, Gareth Southgate, for the Three Lions’ 2-1 loss to Croatia on Wednesday.

Souness, speaking on BeIN Sports, said, “I want to emphasize the midfield. You can’t win the big trophies, you can’t dominate football matches, you can’t put yourself in a position where you are not giving the ball away unless you’ve got good players in midfield who can keep the ball.

“I come back to Lingard and Dele Alli – two players who want to get on the end of things after there has been clever play by somebody else.

“They don’t want to get involved in keeping the ball and dominating possession.

“And the make up of the team was all wrong tonight. All wrong tonight. When they come up against a decent team, I think it’s inevitable that they were going to struggle tonight,” Souness lamented.

England lost 1 – 2 to Croatia in a World Cup Semi-final game that dragged into extra time.

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