Mourinho’s withering verdict of Southgate’s tactics after England vs Scotland

Jose Mourinho has taken aim at Gareth Southgate’s tactics after England failed to break down a stubborn Scotland side at Wembley.

The Three Lions were held to a goalless draw by their fiercest rivals under the arch and it was Steve Clarke’s side that looked likelier to snatch a winner as the game wore on.

Southgate opted to keep both Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips in front of the back four for the entirety of the game, triggering criticism from some fans who wanted to see a more attacking approach.

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And Roma boss Mourinho, famed for his pragmatism, agrees the England boss should have made a change to give his side extra impetus going forward.

The former Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham manager wrote in The Sun: “If England needed to beat Scotland then I think Phillips would have been subbed around the 60th minute for more creativity.

Mourinho was critical of Southgate’s tactics

“But a fear of losing kept him on the pitch.

“The pragmatism of the result and qualification showed itself clearly from minute 70 to 75, that it was more important than the emotion of the game or the desire to win against a historical rival.”

Harry Kane struggled to impose himself on the match and was substituted for Marcus Rashford during the second half.

Kane has failed to find the net in either of the Three Lions’ two games so far, and Southgate admitted his skipper – and the rest of his teammates – need to improve ahead of their match against the Czech Republic on Tuesday.

“The whole team can look at ourselves, that starts with me, we’ve got to be better,” he said. “We didn’t do enough to win the game tonight, not enough attempts on goal, we have to go away and look at that.

“Our fans are entitled to react however they want and I understand their reaction because we are expected to beat Scotland and we have to deal with that.

“We have to accept whatever comes our way, I’m manager and will accept what comes my way but we still have to get behind the players.

“I understand it’s Wembley, it’s Scotland and everyone wants us to win the game but it’s also in the context of tournament and we had to get a result to make sure we leave ourselves in a good position to qualify.

“I think the whole team have got to look at the whole performance and our use of the ball and review where we can be better. That’s right across the board. It’s not about one person.

“Scotland marked him extremely well, with the back five there’s not a lot of space. Tonight we couldn’t find the answers but we go away to review the game and find those answers for the Czech Republic.

“We needed more runs in behind, I felt Marcus Rashford would give us that energy, at that point we had got to try and get the. We have to make these decisions based on what we see.”

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