Ryan Giggs criticises England's midfields
Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs singled out Kyle Walker and Dele Alli for criticism ahead of England's encounter with Lithuania.
The Three Lions have secured a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia but there are serious doubts over Gareth Southgate's side after an unconvincing 1-0 victory over Slovenia on Thursday night.
While Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford have impressed in recent months, Giggs claims a number of England's top stars are not performing at the level they do week in, week out for their clubs.
"Is it this England’s midfield first thought? Or is it: ‘I better not give the ball away.'"
In the moments leading up to kick-off on Sunday evening, ITV pundit Giggs said: 'Yes [it's disappointing] when you fall underneath the quality you have shown at your club which these England players have.
'You see Kyle Walker, Dele Alli playing well for their clubs. But when they play for their country you don't see same quality.
'The character and excitement isn't there from when they play at their clubs.'
Ian Wright believes Southgate's entire team looks 'petrified' apart from United forward Rashford.
He said: 'Players are playing with fear. The most pressure these guys get is when they play fro England.
'I can't think of a game when they get forward.
'Apart from Rashford, everyone else looks petrified.'
RYAN GIGGS' COMMENT
And it's something that Ryan Giggs discussed in the ITV studio at half-time.
"When I played midfield the first thing I thought about was passing forward," the Welshman revealed.
"Where can I hurt the opposition? Is it a little dink over? Is it a little pass to the centre-forward's feet? That’s my first thought."