Under-fire Roy Hodgson should be allowed to keep his job and guide England’s young talent to Euro 2016, says the Three Lions’ former centre forward Emile Heskey.
The Sony Team Ambassador for England spoke out in support of Hodgson during a live web chat with fans on the Sony One Stadium website.
He said: “I think he should be spared until the next tournament to really push a new generation of players coming through. You can’t keep changing the manager after every tournament. Who is else there? There are no obvious candidates among the English managers.”
Heskey, who played at two World Cups in 2002 and 2010, when he was called up by Fabio Capello, added: “I enjoyed playing under foreign managers but believe it is the right call to promote English talent for England. I think we should be grooming the best young English coaches for the future.”
Despite his support for Hodgson, Heskey had harsh words for England’s team selection and tactics in Brazil.
“The tactics were not right,” he said. “We defended badly, we did not get close enough to them in defence. Balotelli running off the back of the defender, Suarez, running off the back of the defender were examples of this. It meant the centre-halves were exposed because the full-backs were out of position.
“England played at too fast a pace. Too many players were out of position, in particular against Italy with Rooney on the left. Sterling could have played there. I think Sturridge merited playing as a centre-forward but I would probably would have played another player rather than Welbeck out of position.
“Formations can be changed throughout the game so the tactics are more to blame than the formation,” added the former Leicester and Liverpool star, who also wrote off England’s chances of getting out of the group.