Glenn Hoddle blasted England Under 21s last night, insisting they were ‘very disappointing’ and Italy were ‘a class above us as a football team’.
England appeared to go a goal ahead against the Italians through Craig Dawson but his second-half header was disallowed.
A foul by Nathaniel Clyne led to a free-kick right on the edge of the area – in which Italy appealed for a penalty – and Lorenzo Insigne stepped up to smash it to Jack Butland’s right side and into the net.
Hoddle told Sky Sports: “I was disappointed we lost, but I think it is very disappointing the way we played, we didn’t get anywhere near the way we like to see them play.
“We struggled to pass the ball all night until perhaps the last ten minutes when the game got stretched and we went 1-0 down, and sometimes it is easier to play when you are 1-0 down as you have nothing to lose.
“I was disappointed with how we played long, we played too many long balls, we had no options on the ball and it is a concern that it is running through to the national team, the full team, and this team.
“We have got to find players that can cope with the ball and are confident to receive it, even when they are marked. If you play the ball on the right if somebody is marking you on the left, you have to have the opportunity to hold that off and have the confidence to use it and then you can start passing.
“We haven’t got those type of players in there at the moment. Overall, very disappointing. They were a class above us as a football team.”
England’s next fixture is against Norway, who drew their opening fixture with Israel, on Saturday.
- Glenn Hoddle blasts Stuart Pearce’s long-ball merchants (thesun.co.uk)
- Stuart Pearce’s England Under-21s come under attack from Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle (metro.co.uk)
- England Under-21s 0-1 Italy Under-21s | European Under-21 Championship match report (guardian.co.uk)