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Slaven Bilic Slams England


West Ham Manage Slaven Bilic has labelled England as ‘poor’, after the Three Lions failed to beat Slovakia on Monday.

The Manager, acting as an ITV Pundit, slammed England for not capitalising on chances that were made, despite playing attractive passing football and holding the most possession.

Ján Kozák’s team made no real attempt to out-play England and  were very happy to simply sit deep for the entirety of the game as they chased down the 0-0 draw, which they eventually got.

The West Ham boss said: “Let’s not praise for possession because [England] played against a team that didn’t to play. Of course you’re going to have more possession.

“But the quality of English reaction and action in the last third of the pitch was quite poor. Nobody tried to beat his own player or to do something to break the opponent who is defending with eight players.

“It shows like many good teams, like Germany, England are also struggling when there opponent is defending with numbers and they are hard to beat.”

Bilic believes however that opportunities will arise as and when England come against more attack-minded, possession-oriented sides who will afford Hodgson’s forwards the space they need to play on the break and steal goals.

“I’m positive because the next game the better the opponent is it’s going to be a more two-sided game,” he said.

“For England it is going to be better. I would be optimistic, not because of this game but in general.”

The ITV pundit also refused to criticise Roy Hodgson’s decision to make significant changes in his side’s final group fixture, despite some fans criticism of bringing off Sturridge and Lallana during the game.

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