Simon Jordan believes that Gareth Southgate has been lucky during his time as England manager, saying he’s benefited from hugely generous draws in major competitionsbut has stopped short of agreeing with calls for him to be sacked.

The Three Lions boss led the nation to the World Cup semi-finals in 2018, before seeing England into the final of Euro 2020 where they were defeated by Italy on penalties.

The criticism is coming thick and fast for England manager Gareth Southgate

The criticism is coming thick and fast for England manager Gareth Southgate

Jordan believes that Southgate has been lucky during his time as England boss

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Jordan believes that Southgate has been lucky during his time as England boss

Despite reaching a major final for the first time since 1966 just 11 months ago, Southgate has found himself on the receiving end of significant criticism after seeing his side lose 4-0 to Hungary at Molineux in the UEFA Nations League, their worst home defeat since 1928.

That loss makes it four without a win for England in the competition, with two draws, two defeats and just one goal scored in those fixtures.

Criticised for a perceived lack of tactical nous, fans could be heard chanting ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ to the England boss during the defeat at Molineux.

With skipper Harry Kane defending Southgate and highlighting just how far England had come under his leadership, Jordan wasn’t having any of it as he declared that the Three Lions are falling short due to a lack of motivation.

Speaking on White and Jordan, the ex-Crystal Palace owner said: “I’m very much in the camp that we’ve over-hyped this team and over-hyped the players.

“I listened to Harry Kane’s interview where he talked about where we’ve come from, but where they came from was a very low bar and you managed to achieve a very low standard.

Southgate credited the players with captain Harry Kane leaping to his support

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Southgate credited the players with captain Harry Kane leaping to his support

“On that basis they shouldn’t be rewarded for doing things in the past and building from a very low base.

“Tragically for me, I turned on the TV and thought I was watching Scotland for a moment!

“This is about application vs execution vs motivation, you can’t apply yourself or execute it if you don’t have the motivation to do it.

“This group of players weren’t motivated enough to play in these games – if it was a normal set of fixtures they’d be playing in a World Cup now.”

Asked why they weren’t motivated, Jordan said: “Because they’ve been led into a a sense of entitlement that the season has been a long a gruelling one, but the average player on that pitch played 37.4 games last year so we don’t need to be talking about all of the pundits who were making excuses for that level of performance.

England lacked motivation against Hungary, according to Jordan

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England lacked motivation against Hungary, according to Jordan

“I don’t think it’s fair, I don’t think it’s necessary and it seems to be rumbling through football supporters that Southgate should be listening to ‘you’re getting sacked in the morning’.

“There is a narrative building and it’s a justified narrative that Gareth Southgate is a one-dimensional manager, someone who can affect play from the first whistle but when the game changes on the pitch he doesn’t do much to address it.

“No other manager – I don’t care who they are, Bobby Robson, Kevin Keegan, Steve McClaren – have had the draws in big tournaments that this fella has had.

“He’s had more luck than anybody. He’s had more luck than the luckiest person from luckland.”

Jordan believes that Southgate is under pressure but talk of facing the sack is premature

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Jordan believes that Southgate is under pressure but talk of facing the sack is premature

Jordan added: “Regardless of whether I think he’s had an easy ride, he’s taken us to the semi-final of a World Cup and the final or a European Championship.

“Why do we have to have this ridiculous over-egging of the pudding about how bad we are?

“The media created temperature and fans responded to it.

“The next step has to be winning a tournament and he’s rightly under pressure but the hysteria that’s building because of this result is bloody silly.”

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