Steven Gerrard has refused to lay the blame for England’s embarrassing EUROs exit at the feet of the players, but the former manager Hodgson was indirectly criticised.
Writing in a column for the Daily Telegraph (cited on Echo), he claimed he “did not accept” England’s players were not good enough and that “panic and frustration” takes over when you’re losing – adding that he’s been in those situations and knows how quickly the squad’s mentality and morale can take a nosedive.
His views put him at odds with ex-teammate Jamie Carragher, who called for an end to the spoilt academy culture.
“I do not accept that the problem with English football is the players are not good enough. It is the same argument whenever we go out of a major tournament. The players are overrated, and the English Premier League is not as strong as it thinks it is.
“Nonsense. You are telling me we do not have the talent to beat Iceland? That we lost because their players and their league are better than ours?
“We failed so badly on Monday night because of our poor decision-making, an inability to respond to events as they unfolded and because we repeated too many of the mistakes of the past.
“But I am not going to jump on board this bandwagon attacking English players and saying how overhyped and overrated they all are.”
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