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Paolo Di Canio slams England for having "no identity" after Scotland draw


Paolo Di Canio has slammed England for lacking identity in a withering assessment of the goalless draw against Scotland at Euro 2020.

The Three Lions were held by a resolute Scottish side as English excitement was dampened by an uninspiring performance from Gareth Southgate’s men.

England are still in a strong position in Group D after picking up four points from their opening two games.

Southgate’s side are yet to concede in the competition, though the lack of invention going forward has been a cause of criticism.

Scotland weren’t under large periods of sustained pressure, despite England being overwhelming favourites at Wembley.



Gareth Southgate was left frustrated by the Scotland draw
Gareth Southgate was left frustrated by the Scotland draw

Former West Ham star Di Canio believes Southgate has failed to bring any cohesion in the team.

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

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“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 was on the periphery against Scotland and Di Canio accused the captain of having a poor attitude.

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“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 added.

“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.”

The inquest into England’s below-par showing at Wembley has been thorough, and Southgate has also been criticised for the manner of his substitutions.

Ian Wright was baffled by the decision to take off Phil Foden on the hour-mark, after the Manchester City star looked bright in a front three.

“Why has he taken Foden off for? There’s no way Phil Foden should be leaving the pitch today, for me. It’s very disappointing to see,” Wright fumed on ITV post-match.

“You’ve got someone like Jadon Sancho on the bench, 16 goals, 20 assists this season – he doesn’t even get on and we need to create.

He added: “We can talk about Harry Kane and the chances he could have had, or how many touches he hasn’t had, but at the same time, did we really create enough?”

“Did we have enough? We looked like a team, we’re meant to be favourites to win the tournament, it’s embarrassing, I was embarrassed for us today.”





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