Paolo Di Canio slammed England for their lack of identity in a scathing assessment of the goalless draw against Scotland at Euro 2020.
The Three Lions were held by a steadfast Scottish side as England’s excitement was dampened by an uninspiring performance from Gareth Southgate’s men.
England are still in a strong position in Group D having collected four points in their opening two matches.
Southgate’s side have yet to concede in the competition, although lack of invention going forward has been cause for criticism.
Scotland did not endure long stretches of sustained pressure, despite England being the overwhelming favorite at Wembley.
Former West Ham star Di Canio believes Southgate has failed to bring cohesion to the squad.
“Scotland have done very well given their potential, but we weren’t impressed with England,” said Di Canio. Sky Sport Italy.
“These are a lot of talented players stuck together, but they have no identity, no movement, no invention, no courage to make a research pass, it’s just not in their DNA.
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“When central midfielders can’t play, they need the Stones or someone to push their way through from behind.
“It’s not Bonucci, but he has to try. It’s not just the players, but the coach has to tell them that they are doing the wrong runs at the wrong time.”
Harry Kane was on the periphery against Scotland and Di Canio accused the captain of having a bad attitude.
“I’ve been saying for the last three months of the Premier League season, and let it be known that I love Kane, that I didn’t like his attitude,” he added.
“He doesn’t put his heart into it, he doesn’t chase the players.
“We all know he wants to leave Tottenham, but this attitude continued until the Euro. I think it is more a mental problem than a physical one, he is out of breath.”
The investigation into England’s inferior performance at Wembley has been deepened and Southgate has also come under fire for the way he has been substituted.
Ian Wright was taken aback by the decision to take Phil Foden off on the hour mark, after the Manchester City star looked brilliant in a top three.
“Why did he take Foden away? There’s no way Phil Foden will leave the field today, for me. It’s very disappointing to see,” Wright said on ITV after the game.
“You have someone like Jadon Sancho on the bench, 16 goals, 20 assists this season – he doesn’t even get along and we have to create.
He added: “We can talk about Harry Kane and the chances he might have had, or how many hits he didn’t have, but at the same time, have we really created enough?”
“Did we have enough? We looked like a team, we are supposed to be favorites to win the tournament, it’s embarrassing, I was embarrassed for us today.”