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Euro 2016: England Hit By ‘Culture Of Fear’- Steven Gerrard

Former England captain Steven Gerrard has said that a “culture of fear” resulting from a history of failure is undermining the Three Lions at major tournaments.
England suffered arguably their most humiliating defeat in a major tournament on Monday, losing 2-1 to Iceland in Nice to exit Euro 2016 at the round-of-16 stage. Roy Hodgson resigned within minutes of the final whistle, insisting at a news conference in Chantilly on Tuesday that England’s young squad will recover from the shock defeat in future tournaments under new management.

But Gerrard, who captained England during two disappointing World Cups in 2010 and 2014 as well at Euro 2012, believes the team will not improve as long as the players feel the weight of expectation and past disappointments.

“I do not accept that the problem with English football is the players are not good enough,” Gerrard wrote in a column for the Daily Telegraph. “It is the same argument whenever we go out of a major tournament. The players are overrated, and the English Premier League is not as strong as it thinks it is.

“Nonsense. You are telling me we do not have the talent to beat Iceland? That we lost because their players and their league are better than ours?

“We failed so badly on Monday night because of our poor decision-making, an inability to respond to events as they unfolded and because we repeated too many of the mistakes of the past.”

England led inside four minutes in Nice when Wayne Rooney converted a penalty won by Raheem Sterling, but goals from Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson turned the tide before half-time in Nice.

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