Ian Wright said what every England fan was thinking after the Three Lions were held to a 0-0 draw with Scotland at Wembley.
Following up on their 1-0 triumph against Croatia, England failed to create much, with John Stones’ finest opportunity coming in the first half, when he headed against the post after an amazing leap.
For the second straight Euro 2020 group game, captain and star Harry Kane was practically invisible in his 74 minutes on the pitch, failing to register a shot on target.
England had a very dismal night, as Arsenal great Wright summed up in his post-match comments.
The 57-year-old stated he was “embarrassed” with England, and had strong feelings over the choice to deploy Phil Foden as a replacement rather than Jadon Sancho as a bench option.
“There’s no way Foden should be leaving the pitch today… you’ve got Sancho on the bench – 15 goals and 20 assists a season – and he doesn’t even get on. We need to create… I’m embarrassed for us today.”
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 18, 2021
“There’s no way Foden should be leaving the pitch today… you’ve got Sancho on the bench – 15 goals and 20 assists a season – and he doesn’t even get on,” Wright said on ITV.
“We need to create… I’m embarrassed for us today.”
Fans were inclined to agree with Wright’s assessment, including Manchester City supporter and former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher.
Ian wright telling it how it as AGAIN don’t take Phil foden off EVER
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) June 18, 2021
Agreeing with @IanWright0 is made far easier by him being a really nice bloke in real life.
— Sanjeev Bhaskar💙 (@TVSanjeev) June 18, 2021
He’s spot on. Southgate is clueless. Leaving Sterling on and taking Foden off is unforgivable.
— michael (@michael31821962) June 18, 2021
@IanWright0 Telling the truth mate. negative southgate won today. Sancho is our best right sided player and should be starting IMO. southgate is more concerned with not conceding than trying to win games and we wont win because of that.
— David (@wonkeysmoker) June 18, 2021
— Azrael (@Azrael94209327) June 18, 2021
100% agree with Weight here! Our best option when it comes to unlocking a defence! Fair play to Scotland they defended well and if anyone deserved to win that game it was them! Thankfully Pickford kept them out when called upon!
— Tony Bellew (@TonyBellew) June 18, 2021
After Friday’s results, England are second in Group D, only behind Czech Republic on goal difference. The two sides meet at Wembley in the final group game on Tuesday.