England suffered a humiliating exit from the 2016 European Championships at the hands of Iceland and unsurprisingly the Three Lions were lambasted by the fans, pundits and the English media for their terrible display in France.
Former Liverpool defender Carragher was particularly scathing in his criticism of England and had stated in the Daily Mail that players being mollycoddled in the academy nowadays, is one of the main reasons behind the Three Lions’ failure to do well in international competitions.
Carragher also said that England are producing babies instead of men and believes that the English players are both physically and mentally too soft.
While many have agreed with Carragher’s assessment of England, former Republic of Ireland star Kevin Doyle has been left amused by the comments of the Sky Sports pundit.
In response to Carragher’s criticism, Doyle has now gone on to state that the former Liverpool star cannot be so critical of the England team as he had bailed out on the national team during his playing days and suggested that the Three Lions’ loss to Iceland was simply a shock.
Doyle wrote: “I read an article from Jamie Carragher suggesting modern English players are being mollycoddled in Premier League academies, with this being used as an explanation as to why they lack the heart for a battle but that's not an excuse for me.
“Carragher quit international football because he didn't fancy travelling around to games for the national team if he wasn't starting not so long ago, so he is hardly one to start criticising the desire of the current England squad.
“And what's his reason for English performances in big tournaments of the past, long before kids were treated so well in academies? What was the excuse for England in 2014, when they went out of the World Cup in the first round, or in 2010 at the World Cup?
“They didn't even qualify for the World Cup in 1994 and that was at a time when the league did not have the so-called pampered academy graduates to blame. If England went out of Euro 2016 to Portugal or France, no-one would have been too surprised but losing to Iceland in the limp manner they did was shocking.”