Paul Scharner rips into Roy Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson

Former West Bromwich Albion man Paul Scharner has not held back in his assessment of ex-Baggies boss Roy Hodgson.

England manager Roy Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson

Writing on Twitter, Paul Scharner has described England boss Roy Hodgson as the most negative manager he has ever played under.

Hodgson has come under scrutiny in recent days after Russia netted a last-minute equaliser to deny the Three Lions victory in their first Euro 2016 outing on Saturday night.

Eric Dier had fired England ahead on 73 minutes with a brilliant free kick, but Scharner, who played under the 68-year-old at West Bromwich Albion, believes the substitutions which followed were a mistake.

Instead of going for the jugular, a cautious Hodgson elected to introduce midfielders Jack Wilshere and James Milner, while forwards Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy were left in reserve.

England's Jamie Vardy in action

He wrote on Twitter: "Unbelievable Hodgson! What is he doing? I hope now by beloved Baggies supporters you see what he is not capable of!!

"I told him in December 2011: I have never worked under a more negative thinking manager before. Sorry that substitutes are totally wrong!

"My criticism is because I think England have a very talented team and chances to win the tournament. And England was far better the first half but than you need a manager who want to win. You need to bring on Vardy, Sturridge and play more offensive!!!"

That decision saw the veteran coach receive plenty of criticism - especially around the Vardy call, given that he scored 24 Premier League goals in helping the Foxes win the title this past season.

But England can make up for it. Hodgson's side face Wales on Thursday, before rounding off their Group B campaign by clashing with Slovakia at the weekend.

England's Eric Dier celebrates after scoring their first goal

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