Ballack critical of England tactics

Michael Ballack has condemned England’s defensive tactics against France, believing that this isn’t the way to approach a tournament game, reports ESPN.

The first game of Group D ended 1-1 after Joleon Lescott opened the scoring with a header in the 31st minute. But just 10 minutes later, Samir Nasri leveled the game with a fine striker from the edge of the England box.

The former-Germany captain said: “I’m really disappointed with the game. England wanted the point and they got one, but is this the way to play football in the future? I’m not sure”. Speaking in the post game analysis on ESPN, he added “They’re sitting back most of the time with 10 players, it’s difficult for every team to create chances … I’m not impressed”.

France came into the game as clear favourites, after a 21-game unbeaten run, so it is not surprising that England adopted a negative formation but critics of the ‘park the bus’ mentality feel that it is ‘anti-football’.

French defender, Patrice Evra, has also criticized England’s tactics claiming: “People laugh but they played the way that Chelsea played against Barcelona” before conceding: “Maybe the fans want England to play more football but if they win the tournament like that, they will be happy.”

Two years ago in South Africa, England were knocked for being too naive against Germany, leaving them exposed to the counter attack and eventually losing 4-1.

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