MX23RW : Wednesday, December 12 01:26:27

Sam Allardyce: 'I would have blocked Croatia out'

Allardyce: 'I would have blocked Croatia out'
© Reuters
Former England boss Sam Allardyce reveals that he would have looked to 'block Croatia outfit' if he had been managing the Three Lions at the 2018 World Cup.

Former England boss Sam Allardyce has revealed that he would have looked to 'block Croatia outfit' if he had been managing the Three Lions in the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup.

England overcame Sweden in the last eight of this summer's competition to reach the semi-finals, but then suffered a 2-1 defeat to Croatia after extra time.

Allardyce lasted just 67 days as England boss before leaving the post in September 2016, and the 63-year-old has said that he would have made it a more tactical affair against Croatia had he been in Gareth Southgate's position.

"It's just a shame they didn't get to the final. They were 1-0 up with 20 minutes to go against Croatia and it didn't quite work out," Allardyce told Sky Sports News.

"You know me, I'd have got criticised for blocking it up and seeing the game out, because you're not supposed to do that now. France won the World Cup because they did that against Belgium [in the semi-finals].

"They saw what Belgium did against Brazil and even though [Didier] Deschamps was getting criticism from the French press for his style of play, they won it, which is what it's all about. Defensively they were so solid, and that's the basis for any success."

Allardyce is currently without a coaching position, having left Everton at the end of last season.


Click here for more stories about Didier Deschamps

Click here for more stories about England

Share this article now:
Daniel Sturridge in action for Liverpool in pre-season on July 14, 2017
Read Next:
Sturridge targeting 2022 World Cup
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account