England boss Gareth Southgate has ‘lost the dressing room’ claims Jamie O’Hara
England manager Gareth Southgate has ‘lost the dressing room’, Jamie O’Hara claims after a 4-0 Nations League loss to Hungary… while insisting the Three Lions ‘flopped at the last hurdle’ in the last two tournaments
- England suffered their worst defeat at home since 1928 against Hungary
- Gareth Southgate received negative reception from fans during 4-0 defeat
- Jamie O’Hara believes Southgate lost the dressing room to defeat
Gareth Southgate has lost the England dressing room according to Jamie O’Hara after the Three Lions suffered their worst defeat at home since 1928.
England ended their miserable international camp on Tuesday night with a 4-0 thump at the hands of Hungary at the Molineux Stadium.
It ends a run of four games in which they were unable to take a win, including a 1-0 defeat to Hungary away from home, and were held in a draw by Italy and Germany.
Gareth Southgate’s England team suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat against Hungary on Tuesday
Jamie O’Hara believes Southgate lost the dressing room to their heavy defeat
Talk about talkSport in response to a fan who suggested it was too early to question Southgate’s position, O’Hara replied: “Hold on, this isn’t about form.
“We’ve had two major tournaments where we flopped at the last hurdle. Italy didn’t even qualify for the World Cup, a huge opportunity was lost and Southgate got it wrong that day.
“In the semi-finals of the World Cup, we are eliminated by bad tactical decisions. This is not a friendly, this is not a Mickey Mouse cup, this is the UEFA Nations League!.
‘It’s a tournament. We have just been beaten 4-0. We’re going to be relegated. We’re going to be relegated. England. I’m going to be demoted.’
He added: “Gareth Southgate misunderstands. In my opinion, after seeing that, he lost the dressing room.’
O’Hara also tactically slammed into Southgate for ‘falling on the last hurdle’ in competitions
Southgate is arguably England’s most successful manager since 1966, World Cup winner Sir Alf Ramsey in terms of their progression through tournaments.
However, in both the 2018 World Cup semi-final against Croatia and the Euro 2020 final against Italy, England lost the lead in both matches, losing the latter in a crushing penalty shoot-out defeat.
After a poor start to their Nations League campaign, England are behind Hungary, Germany and Italy in their group and are at real risk of relegation.
The Three Lions will reunite in September when they play at home against Germany and from Italy.
Southgate was taunted with chants of ‘sacked in the morning’ and ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ during the match with Hungary.
England are at risk of being relegated to the Nations League after failing to win their matches
He said after the game, “I knew the part before I took it. i would say it [fans’ opinion of him changing] has happened in 10 days and not 11 months but I saw all my predecessors go through that and I know great people like Sir Bobby Robson what he had to go through and how he was finally viewed when he took the team to a half world cup. last.
“Football is emotional, people pay to watch, express an opinion. The team couldn’t deliver tonight, that’s my responsibility, so if the flak comes my way, I’ll have to deal with it.
“You won’t be the manager of England, it’s not realistic to have the ride I’ve had for five years and not have bad nights, difficult nights, criticizing, that’s part of the job. I understand that tonight is a cathartic experience.
“We haven’t lost many football games and if you lose that hard, especially at home, but if you lose hard with England, it will be very, very painful.
“This group of players has been incredible for their country. It is important that people stay with them, because they will make great progress.’