‘Gareth Southgate isn’t telling them to give the ball away’ – England manager not to blame for poor performance, insists Danny Mills, who says stars are ‘playing scared’


Gareth Southgate is NOT to blame for England’s dismal form.

talkSPORT has been told the Three Lions stars are “playing into themselves” and “playing with fear” and must take responsibility for their own poor performances.

England didn’t have a good night at the San Siro
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England suffered the humiliation of being relegated from the UEFA Nations League First Division as they lost 1-0 to Italy on Friday night.

It was another turgid display from the Three Lions, who are now on a five-game winless streak, and only join San Marino as the only sides not to score from open play in this season’s competition.

With just one more game against Germany ahead of this winter’s World Cup in Qatar, Southgate has a lot of work to do to help this team regain their confidence, which seems to be at an all time low.

The boss received plenty of criticism after the game, even staunch Three Lions supporter and journalist Henry Winter was scathing in his reaction to Italy’s loss, saying after the game that “England have a harvest of wasted good players”. by Southgate.

But former defender and full international Danny Mills has come to the coach’s defense under fire, insisting players must take responsibility for their individual mistakes, poor decisions and lackluster overall performance .

“For Southgate to say ‘we’re going in the right direction’ after the game, I’m going to ignore that, I take that with a pinch of salt because he won’t be happy with this performance,” Mills told the Weekend Sports Breakfast.

'Gareth Southgate isn't telling them to give the ball away' - England manager not to blame for poor performance, insists Danny Mills, who says stars are 'playing scared'
Southgate is under intense pressure ahead of the World Cup
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'Gareth Southgate isn't telling them to give the ball away' - England manager not to blame for poor performance, insists Danny Mills, who says stars are 'playing scared'
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“In games leading up to a World Cup the manager has to go out there and try to get positives, he can’t go out and slaughter his team because that won’t do anything for the morale of the team.

“When you look back when Gareth first came on and it was all of a sudden, ‘the players got a new lease of life, they played with freedom, they were allowed to express themselves, they loved the atmosphere’ – but now they seem to have gone back to type.

“After going 22 games unbeaten, they’ve now gone five games unbeaten and now they look a bit scared again and a bit scared to speak out.

“It’s not the Phil Foden we see for Manchester City, or the Bukayo Saka we see for Arsenal or the Jude Bellingham we see for Borussia Dortmund, even Harry Kane, and it’s not Raheem Sterling. that we see who is attacking people every game.

“Everyone looks a little scared to make mistakes, and they certainly don’t play like that for their clubs.

“It was so disappointing, the players just seem to be playing to themselves, trying to be safe. Even when Jack Grealish came on, he should be full of confidence after scoring for Man City, but he didn’t. didn’t really get the ball back and didn’t run after people.

'Gareth Southgate isn't telling them to give the ball away' - England manager not to blame for poor performance, insists Danny Mills, who says stars are 'playing scared'
England were toothless in front of goal despite having Kane, Foden and a host of other attacking talents in the squad
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“In the last third there were several chances to put the ball in the box earlier… but they didn’t take that risk, they were too cautious, then the chance was gone. You can’t hesitate like that to this level.

“At what point does the manager say to the players, ‘go over there and give the ball away’, ‘Sterling, make a bad first touch’? Does Southgate tell Reece James to pass the ball over the million kilometer mark?

β€œHe doesn’t! It’s not just at Southgate. Do you really think he says to his players: ‘You are doing very well for your club, now I want you to do something completely different’? Nope!

“The players have to take that, the confidence that they have playing for their clubs, in a game against England, and they’re not doing that at the moment. They seem to be scared.

'Gareth Southgate isn't telling them to give the ball away' - England manager not to blame for poor performance, insists Danny Mills, who says stars are 'playing scared'
England was again uninteresting
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“Being a manager is so hard. It’s so much easier to make calls from the sofa or, like us, on the radio.

Many England fans will seriously doubt the team’s status as one of the tournament favorites ahead of the World Cup in November.

Mills is more confident of his chances but admits the players will have to “hide” if they fail to qualify in a group including Iran, USA and Wales.

“England will come out of the group, there’s no doubt about that,” he added.

“And, who knows, they might win by three or four in one of those early games and get some confidence back, and everything will start to fall into place again.

“It’s a relatively easy group, but if they don’t make it…well, those players will have to hide.”

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