Jamie Carragher tells England supporter ‘clowns’ to ‘shut up’ after Southgate chants | Football | Sport


Southgate made nine changes for the fourth Nations League match in quick succession, continuing his decision to experiment ahead of the World Cup in November. It did not pay off, with Roland Sallai’s double and goals from Zsolt Nagy and Daniel Gazdag concluding a miserable spell of results.

England have failed to win, or even score in open play, against Hungary, Germany and Italy and are bottom of their Nations League group. Supporters were heard chanting “you don’t know what you’re doing” in the stands, while social media was awash with anti-Southgate sentiment after the final whistle.

Former Liverpool and England defender Carragher has jumped to Southgate’s defence, however, reminding fans of the runs to the final of Euro 2020 and to the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup. He tweeted: “‘You don’t know what you’re doing’ shut up you clowns. This manager has taken the country in two tournaments to the best positions since 1966.

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Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker added: I’m sticking to cricket. I said previously that @EnglandFootball missed a trick by not resting all their important players so they’d be fresh for the World Cup. Would have also loved to have seen us adopt Liverpool’s way of playing. Would suit us perfectly. I also acknowledge, I’ve never been a coach.”

England captain Harry Kane offered a staunch defence of Southgate in his post-match interview. Asked by Channel 4 whether the team were on the right path with Southgate at the helm, he answered: “Yeah. Without any question. That’s not even a question I should be answering if I’m honest.”

He added: “We’re preparing for a big World Cup, and will learn a lot from this camp. Let’s not forget where we’ve come from: a first final in 60 years, and a semi-final at a World Cup. Compared to where we were over the last 50 years, it’s no time to panic. It’s not going to be perfect every game, the fans have to understand that.”

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