Football is not coming home; at least to England and its fans.

Analysts are far from happy even though many never thought England will get this far in the first place.

Having taken the lead in Wednesday's semi final tie against Croatia, it was initially thought that the Three Lions will be roaring into the final but that was not the case.

The blame game has started and fingers are pointing at some players one of whom is Dele Alli.

Graeme Souness has delivered a damning verdict on Alli and Jesse Lingard while also taking a swipe at Gareth Southgate's tactics following England's loss to Croatia.

Souness, speaking as a pundit on BeIN Sports, lay the brunt of the blame on England's midfielders, namely Alli and Lingard, being unable to keep the ball and therefore control the game.

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'I want to emphasise the midfield,' Souness said after the game. 'You can't win the big trophies, you can't dominate football matches, you can't put yourself in a position where you are not giving the ball away unless you've got good players in midfield who can keep the ball.

'I come back to Lingard and Dele Alli – two players who want to get on the end of things after there has been clever play by somebody else.

'They don't want to get involved in keeping the ball and dominating possession.

Souness did cut the players on the pitch some slack as he claimed Southgate's tactics were incorrect, which meant England were forced to resort to 'very basic football'.


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