The Three Lions fanbase seemed in agreement after the last-minute heartbreak suffered against Russia: “Roy Hodgson cost us.”
Hodgson was criticised for starting Raheem Sterling, playing Adam Lallana out wide but mainly England fans were angry/in disbelief over the defensive-minded substitutions and taking off of the most influential player on the pitch, Wayne Rooney.
Tournament football is too short to be giving people second chances. Therefore, Hodgson must react for the crunch game against Wales, because anything other than a convincing win will be nothing short of devastating for his Three Lions squad.
England fans angry at Roy Hodgson after leaving Jamie Vardy on the bench v Russia! pic.twitter.com/eva8RmMVCn
— Football Daily (@footballdailyuk) June 11, 2016
The former Liverpool manager – remember that ??! – was applauded for his attacking 4-3-3 formation, that saw Eric Dier as the only defensive-minded player ahead of the defence. However, the truth is, it was an unbalanced and ill-fitting choice of tactics and personnel.
Kane was too isolated – and shit – Adam Lallana killed any width on the right and the defence looked a bit too vulnerable at times, with Dele Alli and Wayne Rooney not offering Dier protective support.
4-2-3-1 allows for greater support to the striker, allows for greater support of Dier in the middle and also lends itself to players positions/attributes greater.
Jamie Vardy Over Raheem Sterling
"Value of Sterling falls as Europe exit looms"
That could be on the front page or the back page at this rate
— Mark Ferguson (@Markfergusonuk) June 15, 2016
Honestly, what the fuck was that 90 minutes, Raheem? Unable to control a ball, unable to take it past a man, unable to find a teammate and, my word, unable to deliver a half-decent cross.
Sterling has blown his chance – a chance he was lucky to get – and just has to be replaced by Leicester City’s, Jamie Vardy.
The 29-goal Premier League striker has goals, pace and creativity in his locker. Everything Sterling pretends to have.
Jack Wilshere In For Adam Lallana
— England (@England) June 14, 2016
Adam Lallana at right-wing was just pointless. Sure, the Liverpool midfielder is a tidy player, rarely loses possession and has a great touch. However, that’s hardly a style of play that suits a right-winger.
Truth is, though, Lallana shouldn’t even make the XI in a more central position, anyway; he slows the play down too much and lacks that drive to link the midfield and attack quickly.
A formation jig would see Arsenal’s Wilshere come into the side and add that impetus that the former Southampton man lacks.