Danny Baker slammed for slating Gareth Southgate and England team

Danny Baker used to be a BBC host

His comments got slated by fans (Picture: BBC)

Danny Baker has been blasted after he criticised Gareth Southgate over last night’s Euro 2020 heartbreak.

The England men’s football team lost to Italy in the cruellest way on Sunday after a penalty shootout, and the former BBC presenter was very critical of the national side’s manager.

He tweeted: ‘Gareth Southgate getting the expected soft ride from all the pundits. It’s the old boys club. F***ing disgraceful management from a winning position.

‘We have been average for SO many games now. More than the few we won. Nobody mentions that though.’

As well as saying Southgate was ‘hardly the messiah’, he described the manager’s coaching as ‘f***ing useless’ and insisted Luke Shaw’s record-breaking early strike was a ‘freak moment’.

He continued: ‘F***ing useless management by Gareth Southgate tonight. That early goal seems to be a freak moment. We were not very good in most of this tournament. England were so weak an attacking threat. He decided that.

Soccer Football - Euro 2020 - Final - Italy v England - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - July 11, 2021 England manager Gareth Southgate consoles Bukayo Saka after he misses the final penalty Pool via REUTERS/Andy Rain

Southgate and his team have been backed by many supporters (Picture: Pool via Reuters)

‘”Its down to me” says useless Gareth Southgate. Jog on then mate would you?’

Baker’s tweets have sparked fierce backlash from many fans on social media, as many England supporters pointed to the fact that the squad was the youngest in the tournament.

Meanwhile, others pointed out that Southgate deserved credit for leading England to the team’s first final since the memorable World Cup victory in 1966.

One fan wrote: ‘Respect your opinion for years Danny but you are wrong on this. We were so close to getting it right.’

Another argued: ‘He’s led us to our first final in 55 years, beaten on pens by a team unbeaten in 33. Jog on?? Thought you were better than that. Man’s been wonderful (sic)’

And a different user responded: ‘Pack it in Danny, it’s getting really old. Best England side for ages and for all tonight’s disappointment, hammering Southgate after all the good he’s done is beneath a man of your repute and stature.

‘Seriously who would you rather have in charge at this point?’

The 64-year-old presenter wasn’t to be deterred though, as he doubled down and added: ‘England were no good tonight. Just no good tonight.’

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