West Ham United’s Declan Rice, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and Chelsea playmaker Ross Barkley started in the middle of the park for England on Saturday.
Roy Keane wasn’t impressed with the attitude of England’s midfield players during their 4-0 win over Bulgaria on Saturday as he labelled the Liverpool, West Ham and Chelsea trio as ‘shocking’.
Gareth Southgate started with West Ham’s Rice as an anchorman during England’s Euro 2020 qualifier, with Liverpool captain Henderson and Chelsea playmaker Barkley on either side of him.
In the first half, England’s midfield and fullbacks were caught up the pitch as Bulgaria broke on a number of occasions, but in the end, nothing came of it and they went on to win the game in a comfortable fashion.
But speaking to ITV Sport (07/09/2019 at 6:00 pm), Keane commented on England’s midfield not getting back when they were caught out in possession.
“That’s just the player’s attitude,” Keane told ITV. “We saw the clip their of the three midfielders [not doing enough to get back], that’s just attitude. Being lazy.
“I have always said when that ball gets ball side of you, you have got to run back like your life depends on it. Players are strolling through it. It’s like an end of season game from them. Their attitude by some of the players is shocking.”
Tottenham striker Harry Kane ended up netting a hat-trick for England, with two of those strikes coming from the penalty spot and Raheem Sterling scoring the other goal of the game.
The Three Lions have now picked up maximum points from their opening three matches and they will be hoping to continue that run when they take on Kosovo on Tuesday night.
Southgate does have other midfield options to choose from if he wishes to rotate his team from Tottenham’s Harry Winks to Leicester City playmaker James Maddison.