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Simon Jordan Slams Gareth Southgate, Says He 'Should've Done Better' With England In Sensational Rant

Daniel Marland

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Simon Jordan Slams Gareth Southgate, Says He 'Should've Done Better' With England In Sensational Rant

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Simon Jordan is yet to be convinced by Gareth Southgate and believes England should've beaten Croatia at the 2018 World Cup and won last summer's European Championship.

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Southgate guided England to their first World Cup semi-final since 1990 in Russia, before losing to Croatia in extra-time.

He then helped the Three Lions reach the final of Euro 2020 last summer which they lost on penalties to Italy.

Jordan understands Southgate has achieved more than other managers in the dugout, but thinks he's had a better opportunity of success.

He explained during an appearance on talkSPORT: "Let's just look at what we didn't win. We lost in the World Cup when we had a passage through it that no one believed we were going to get and we missed an opportunity - we did the same in the European Championship.

"We should've won that European Championship and putting players on the pitch that hadn't even kicked a ball to take penalties was poor!"

Southgate brought on Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho in extra-time and both men fluffed their lines from 12 yards out.

Bukayo Saka had come on earlier in the game and had his decisive penalty saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Image Credit: Alamy
Image Credit: Alamy

Jordan continued: "While I absolutely applaud the fact we've done more with this guy than other managers, that's because we had the bloody opportunity to.

"We will never get draws in World Cups or a European Championship like we got in this particular set of tournaments so he was entitled to finals and semi-finals.

"I still think with the opportunities he has had he should have done better. We got where we got because we should've got there and got beat.

"We beat everyone we should beat and then when we come up against someone we might not be able to beat, we lose.

Image Credit: Alamy
Image Credit: Alamy

"I don't necessarily think he should be patted on the back for it just because other people have underachieved in the past."

Southgate will be in charge for this winter's World Cup in Qatar, and he'll be hoping to make it third time lucky.

The 51-year-old watched his side defeat Switzerland 2-1 and the Ivory Coast 3-0 over this recent international break.

England will find out who is in their group on Friday when the draw takes place.

Topics: Gareth Southgate, England

Daniel Marland
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