'Fit for the museum' - German paper launches astonishing attack on England

Roy Hodgson

Die Welt hasn't held back on criticising England despite a positive performance from Liverpool star Raheem Sterling.

German newspaper Die Welt has launched a full out attack on England following the side’s 2-1 defeat to Italy last night.

The German publication has branded England’s style of football as ‘fit for a museum’ as Roy Hodgson’s side laboured through their first group game despite one or two encouraging signs.

The standout performer for England was Raheem Sterling but Die Welt hasn’t held back from attacking the old enemy, creating a negative perception of Hodgson’s men out in Brazil.

“England’s antiquated style is ripe for the museum,” reads Die Welt’s headline.

“The modern Italians hardly had any problems – If we imagine that an English football fan would be frozen in 1966 and thawed before last night he would have rubbed his eyes astonished more than once – the Italians dominated the game.”

England have it all to do and now face a potential knock-out style game against Uruguay later this week.

England’s attack looked superb on the counter attack, with a very Liverpool feel to the way Hodgson’s team approached getting at the Italy back four.

England started quickly and could have been ahead when Sterling got a shot away which looked as though it had rifled into the top corner from the way the ball reacted in the side netting.

However, once Italy saw off the early pressure, they gradually came into the game and tactically managed to exploit the left hand side of England’s defence, which lacks pace via Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka.

England weren’t helped with Wayne Rooney playing out of position but the result is gone and the side need to give themselves the best chance of setting up a good position before the Costa Rica clash.

Why the German newspaper has decided to stick it to England is unclear but if Hodgson ever wanted some press reaction to motivate his team, he’s now get it.

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