‘Even the players have had enough’: Furious England fans turn on Gareth Southgate as England slump to defeat to Italy with just one match before they head to Qatar for the World Cup
- England will be relegated in the Nations League after losing to Italy on Friday
- They have failed to win in their last five games, the longest drought since 2014
- Some fans have called for Gareth Southgate to be sacked before the World Cup
- They accused his England side of being ‘ultra defensive’ and ‘boring’
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England fans have not held back in their criticism of Gareth Southgate after Friday’s 1-0 loss to Italy in Milan.
The Three Lions are now winless in their last five games, their longest drought in eight years.
It comes at a bad time for Southgate, with England set to play just one more game before the World Cup in Qatar this winter.
England They have failed to win in their last five games, the longest drought since 2014
‘Genuinely don’t get how Southgate continues as England manager ahead of this World Cup,’ tweeted one fan. ‘Ultra defensive and we’ve been found out massively. A bold move is needed by the FA or we will go back to our old ways of being knocked out at the round of 16.’
Others felt that the loss ‘summed Southgate up’ and was ‘so boring compared to the lionesses!’
Supporters felt that the manager had been too ‘predictable’ in picking a ‘boring team’, and argued that ‘even the players have had enough.’
‘Poor football, too defensive, no excitement, poor formation choice,’ another added.
Some fans have called for a change of management ahead of this winter’s World Cup
There were a number of calls for Southgate to be replaced immediately, with tweets demanding the FA ‘get Southgate out tonight’ and saying ‘he’s not good enough and we won’t win anything.
‘He’s had plenty of time, he’s picking players who don’t even play regularly at their clubs & players out of form. The fella is lost. Hope he get’s sacked.’
Criticism on this scale will be alien for a manager who has taken England to the latter stages of the both of the major tournaments he has led them in, but the Three Lions’ recent form has been concerning.
If they fail to beat Germany on Monday, England will go into the World Cup having not won a game since March.
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