SAM ALLARDYCE has questioned Gareth Southgate’s tactics against Croatia in the World Cup semis… claiming he would have got England to the final.
England threw away a one-goal lead against the Croatians as they crashed out of the tournament in Russia.
Darren Fletcher – The Sun Sam Allardyce has questioned Gareth Southgate’s tactics in the World Cup semi-final defeat
The ex-England chief said at 1-0 up with 20 minutes to go, he would have shut up shop in a bid to hold on.
But Big Sam claimed he would have been criticised had he been in charge for the semi defeat instead of Southgate.
Allardyce told Goals On Sunday: “It’s just a shame they didn’t get to the final.
“They were 1-0 up with 20 minutes to go against Croatia and it didn’t quite work out.
Sky Sports Sam Allardyce was speaking to Goals On Sunday when he made the claim
Getty England lost 2-1 after extra-time having lead 1-0 against Croatia in July
“You know me, I’d have got criticised for blocking it up and seeing the game out, because you’re not supposed to do that now.
“France won the World Cup because they did that against Belgium [in the semi-finals].
“They saw what Belgium did against Brazil and even though [Didier] Deschamps was getting criticism from the French press for his style of play, they won it, which is what it’s all about.
“Defensively they were so solid, and that’s the basis for any success.”
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