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Joe Cole slams England’s display in Hungary defeat as ‘shocking’ but says there shouldn’t be ‘panic’

Joe Cole calls England 4-0 defeat to Hungary ‘shocking’ but insists it’s no time for panic and manager Gareth Southgate ‘DOES know what he’s doing’ despite chants from irate supporters during the match

  • England suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Hungary at the Molineux stadium
  • It was England’s biggest home defeat since a 5-1 defeat to Scotland in 1928
  • England fans chanted ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ at Gareth Southgate
  • Channel 4 pundits were all torn into England’s shocking display on Tuesday night
  • However, Joe Cole said there should be no cause for panic from supporters just yet

Joe Cole has torn England’s performance in their 4-0 defeat to Hungary, but has insisted it’s too early for panic.

Manager Gareth Southgate was given a chorus of ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ chants from fans at Molineux Stadium as England suffered a humiliating defeat on home soil to end a disappointing international camp.

After the game, Cole jumped into Southgate’s defense despite criticism of the England players for their showings.

England suffered their worst defeat at home since 1928 in a 4-0 thump by Hungary

England suffered their worst defeat at home since 1928 in a 4-0 thump by Hungary

Joe Cole tore into the gig but said it was too early for supporters to panic

Joe Cole tore into the gig but said it was too early for supporters to panic

He told Channel 4: ‘Tonight’s performance was shocking. The players were not there, we have to accept that there was no cohesion.

“The attitude was wrong from the start, they weren’t there, they weren’t aggressive all the things we ask of the team.”

He added: “For fans, I can understand the frustration, but you have to put some perspective on it. Gareth Southgate knows what he’s doing, of course he knows it.

Gareth Southgate received chants of 'you don't know what you're doing' by English fans

Gareth Southgate received chants of ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ by English fans

However, Joe Cole (right) insisted that Southgate doesn't know what he's doing, pointing out that the team has made it to the World Cup semi-finals and the Euro 2020 final under him

However, Joe Cole (right) insisted that Southgate doesn’t know what he’s doing, pointing out that the team has made it to the World Cup semi-finals and the Euro 2020 final under him

“He and his staff have taken this group of players to two semi-finals and one final. He’s our most successful manager since Alf Ramsey – that’s a fact.

“Tonight it was awful — they’re getting a dressing and they’re going to feel sorry for themselves.”

England have not won any of their four Nations League matches in the current international camp, with draws to Italy and Germany, alternating with two defeats to Hungary.

Southgate took responsibility for the defeat after the game as he aspired to give several young players a chance rather than play against a full-strength team.

Cole added: (The) Nations League has been a disaster from an England perspective, we haven’t scored goals or had that lead, but he (Southgate) is right when he says we shouldn’t panic.

The Three Lions created some chances in the first half, but went into halftime 1-0 behind after a goal from Roland Sallai.

In a terrible second half, Sallai got his second, while Zsolt Nagy and Daniel Gadzag also made it onto the scoresheet.

Ashley Cole Said Too Many Players Were Off It But They Can Have Bad Days

Ashley Cole Said Too Many Players Were Off It But They Can Have Bad Days

Ashley Cole, meanwhile, said too many players have gotten rid of it and need to take the result on the chin.

He said: ‘Too many players were gone. They have been held responsible, they take it on their chin if they have not acted.

“They’ll take it on the chin because they’ll know this wasn’t the standard they had to meet, so it’ll be on second thought, looking in a mirror and knowing they were wrong. Do they have some excuses – yes, and I thought they ran into a Hungarian team that was very hungry.

“They had the desire. It was a great opportunity for them, well organised, well disciplined and made it difficult for England. If you have three or four players, you get a penalty.’

England will regroup before returning to action in the Nations League in September

England will regroup before returning to action in the Nations League in September

He also added that players may have days off as England have had in the past.

He said: ‘I feel like they have to take the bones out, team selection, wrong choice to play against certain players.

“But they are allowed to play bad games. It’s easy to parse every player’s move. but we’ve had days off.

“It is a pity that two disappointing results were achieved today. They were abused at home in front of fans, but they are going again.’

It was England’s biggest home defeat since a 5-1 defeat to Scotland in March 1928 and the first time they have conceded four goals since a 6-3 defeat to Hungary in November 1953.

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