Former England goalkeeper David James has lauded the rigid system set up by Roy Hodgson, saying it is the perfect model for success.
With England preparing for their quarter-final clash with Italy in Kiev on Sunday, some fans have criticised the defensive nature of the 64-year-old’s new-look squad.
But James, who made 53 appearances for his country, insists that while England’s revamped style may not be the most eye-catching, it makes the team hard to beat.
“Hodgson’s tactics are not the most spectacular, but they work,” James told AS.
“When we played against France and saw two clear lines of four (England) players on the edge of the area I thought it would be very difficult to get ahead.
“Only two of the last few games have been won by more than one goal difference.
“But that the 1-0 model works is undeniable. Being well tucked back and take advantage of set-pieces are our weapons.”
James also expressed his delight at avoiding Spain in the quarter-finals after Hodgson’s men topped Group D.
But he warned fans and players alike against complacency ahead of a tough match-up against Italy.
“We feel lucky we don’t have to play against Spain in quarter finals, but Italy will be a tough team,” James said.
“Against Sweden, we left very critical gaps in defence, despite the amount of players back, and it could have damaged us a lot if they had been exploited.
“But against Italy, it will be difficult.”
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