Euro 2020: England manager Gareth Southgate urged the England supporters to get behind their players following their ugly draw in the England vs Scotland match on Friday.
The Three Lions mustered a single shot on target against their noisy neighbours despite having a much superior squad on paper.
The Wembley crowd got irritated with their team’s display and even booed their players after the referee blew the final whistle. Having dug out a slender 1-0 win over Croatia in their first match Southgate’s side is likely to make way to the round of 16.
Southgate admitted they were not up to the mark in the match but the players need the crowd’s support at this point. “We know we didn’t hit the level we wanted to or needed to but we have to accept whatever comes our way. I totally understand that as the manager.
Euro 2020: England coach Gareth Southgate begs fans not to boo
“What we need to do is make sure we get behind the players. The young players need the support of everybody.
“They’ll bounce back from it but they need everyone behind them.
“Our fans expect us to win and play well. It’s fine if the public want to be critical of me as a manager but my job is to protect the players.
“Our fans are entitled to react however they want. We’re disappointed with our own performance.
“We’re expected to beat Scotland, they’re frustrated by that and in the end we’ve got to learn from that and deal with that.” as quoted by the Sun.
England squad for the Euro 2020:
Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Aaron Ramsdale (Sheffield United)
Defenders: Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ben White (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds), Declan Rice (West Ham)
Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)