The British papers have been full of criticism for Roy Hodgson today after his utterly bizarre decision to throw away the momentum from England’s late winner against Wales by making six changes to his side.
His ineptness has ensured England will face a much tougher route to the final than Group B winners Wales – but Adam Lallana is confident he and his teammates can beat anyone.
“We are a tad disappointed we didn’t get the win, obviously, but delighted that we’re through. We feel we can beat anyone,” he said (via official site)
“We’ll be watching the games carefully over the next couple of days, but resting up as well because we’ve had three tough games. We’ll be ready to go come Monday.”
“There’s plenty [more to come]. We’re very critical of ourselves and always wanting to improve. The squad is so strong; people came in and did very well yesterday.
“So hopefully that will give Roy a little bit of a headache in a good way. It’s good that people keep knocking on the door. We’ve got a strong bench and we need the impact as we did in the Wales game.
“The only worry is when you’re not creating chances, but we have been creating chances. For one reason or another it has just not been finding the back of the net.”
England will face either Portugal, Iceland, Austria, or Hungary in Nice next Monday. Wales will face a third-placed side in Paris on Saturday.