The Soccer-Fear factor is back for England, according to McClaren

Former England manager Steve McClaren believes the fear factor that has hampered the ‘Three Lions’ in previous tournaments has returned to Gareth Southgate’s side, who have been criticized for a flat performance in the tournament. Friday night’s goalless draw against Scotland. Southgate was lauded at the World Cup in Russia three years ago for removing the apprehension and pressure that has been blamed in the past for England not living up to expectations.

But McClaren, who was sacked as England manager after failing to qualify for Euro 2008, believes the old problem is back. “England played with fear. They didn’t want to make mistakes. They were playing cautiously, square, upside down. They weren’t aggressive enough,” he told Sky Sports.

England were praised by pundits after their first 1-0 Group D win over Croatia while Scotland were questioned after a 2-0 loss to the Czech Republic in Glasgow, but the tables were turned after an excellent performance by Steve Clarke’s team. “I think Scotland played angry, hurt by the criticism of the first game. We were passive for 95 minutes,” said McClaren, currently Derby County technical director.

“There is a team in this team that can win the Euro, without a shadow of a doubt. Gareth has to find this team. You get performances like that, I saw it and I participated in it. Getting out of groups is frustrating, ”he added. Former England defender Gary Neville has suggested the high-profile ‘Battle of Britain’ may have had a negative impact on England.

“It was a very poor performance, a huge disappointment, underpinned by poor physical levels.” Is that too big for them in terms of expectations? A few of these guys, this is probably the biggest game they’ve played, all the media that came before the game … Sometimes it can just make you lose your mind mentally. It was such a lackluster display in such a big game, ”he said.

Another former England player turned expert, Rio Ferdinand, admitted he may have overreacted to the win over Croatia. “I watched Croatia again yesterday. We beat an average and aging Croatian team, let’s be honest. It wasn’t the team that reached the World Cup final.

“I raise my hand, I’m excited. We all get carried away. You have a right to get involved emotionally. But then realism kicks in,” he said. The lackluster display of England’s top scorer and captain Harry Kane, replaced in both matches, has particularly worried England fans and former Scotland manager Graeme Souness has said unless he can regain his form.

“Harry is the only English player to score goals on a regular basis at this level. If that doesn’t happen in this competition, you won’t get very far,” he told ITV. “Go back to the World Cup in Russia: his goals got you where you ended up, and Harry Kane not playing is a major problem for you. Football doesn’t come home with that, not the way they do. play, ”he said. .

“Harry doesn’t look like himself, he looks jaded, he looks tired and he’s a guy looking to give a big bang this summer. He needs to wake up. He came out of the first game, is he wearing anything? He looks like the shadow of himself. “

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