Southgate is the international version of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - Simon Jordan

His comments followed after England's 2-0 loss to Belgium.

Southgate is the international version of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - Simon Jordan
Gareth Southgate

Former Crystal Palace chairman, Simon Jordan has criticized Gareth Southgate’s tactical approach during England's 2-0 loss to Belgium in the Nations League game on Sunday night.

Per the comments of the English businessman on talkSPORTS, he described the manager as the international version of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

This he revealed based on the manager’s failure to carry a more strategic style of play to break down a resilient Belgium defence for the Three Lions to at least grab a point.

Harry Kane's prowess in front of goal was astounding but failed to find the net regardless of a judicious link-up play by Jack Grealish to expose the backline of the hosts.

He discussed Southgate's squad arrangement as ordinary and cannot impact games.


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“Where are we? We had a depleted side out there yesterday,” Jordan said.

“I’m not giving excuses to Southgate as I think he’s vanilla. I think he’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in an international guise.

“I think it’s the bland leading the bland, but I think also he’s a decent communicator and decent football man. But there comes a point where it's, ‘are you getting the inspiration from these players?’

“System is one thing, but how you play within it is another.

“Look at the way [Jack] Grealish approached the game and look at the tempo that he played in. He would have got the ball anywhere on the pitch as that’s where his mindset was.

He further disregarded Jadon Sancho's earlier price tag when United were after the service of the winger. According to him. the amount is undeserving after he failed to influence the game when brought on for Kieran Tripper in the 70-minute.

“You’ve got to look at other players; £100million for Jadon Sancho, are you kidding me?”

The three Lions will play Iceland on Wednesday, November 18, 202o.