The former English defender Tony Adams has said that Roy Hodgson tried to make the fans happy with attacking brand of football, but, that was not the right way to go in a tournament like World Cup.
According to Adams, England should have included one more central defender in the starting XI in the matches against Italy and Uruguay and should have tried to go for the draw.
Talking to the reporters about England’s World Cup campaign, Adams said, “Roy Hodgson is very, very experienced and thus, I had expected him to be a bit more practical. But, he proved me wrong. The tactics that he used were pretty naive.”
“He thought that by playing exciting football, he would give the fans joy, but, it completely backfired. There was no solidity in the defence. If there was one more central defender in there, the second goal would not have been conceded in either of those Italy and Uruguay games.”
Adams also looked unhappy with the personnel that Hodgson picked for the tournament. He reckons that a couple of Chelsea players i.e. Ashley Cole and John Terry should have been given the ticket to Brazil as they would have proven to be handy for the team.
The 47-year old man who represented England 66 times at the international level said, “Look, frankly, I am not surprised with these two defeats. When I saw the squad selected by Roy, I got worried about the back line straightaway. Terry and Cole, despite being highly experienced, were not there. They could have made a difference and they are fit enough to go through 7 games.”
Adams was a part of the England squad which had made it to the final 4 in the 1996 European Championships.