Graeme Souness slammed two England players on live TV after 2-1 World Cup defeat to Croatia


England's defeat to Croatia in the World Cup semi-final has proven once and for all that it isn't coming home.

A Kieran Trippier freekick inspired England to a very solid first-half performance but Ivan Perisic struck in the second half to force extra-time.

John Stones would have a header cleared off the line before Mario Mandzukic decided the tie with twelve minutes to go.

England still have the 3rd-place Play-Off to play on Saturday but it's unlikely to be much consolation when they've come so close to making history.

Not that any England fans will be disappointed with the team - they've surpassed all expectations.

It's been 28 years since an England team managed to achieve what Gareth Southgate's had, with even the 'Golden Generation' only managing quarter-finals at best.

But while England fans might not find much to complain about, someone else has.

Graeme Souness, who is definitely Scottish and not English, was doing punditry on Bein Sports for the game and the former Liverpool captain had some harsh words for two players in particular.

"I want to emphasise the midfield," said Souness. "You can't win the big trophies, you can't dominate football matches, you can't put yourself in a position where you are not giving the ball away unless you've got good players in midfield who can keep the ball.

"I come back to [Jesse] Lingard and Dele Alli - two players who want to get on the end of things after there has been clever play by somebody else.

"They don't want to get involved in keeping the ball and dominating possession - they want to be involved in scoring the goals and getting on the end of things.

"And the makeup of the team was all wrong tonight, all wrong tonight - when they come up against a decent team, I think it's inevitable that they were going to struggle tonight."

While he may be speaking some truth, it's incredibly harsh from Souness.

Neither Alli or Lingard are experienced at anything like the level of a World Cup final and expecting them to step up against players like Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic seems a bit much.

While Souness may not have much time for their performances, England fans surely will - they've both been a part of something very special this summer.

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