Jamie Carragher says ‘stupid mistakes’ and ‘stupid decisions’ were to blame after England were beaten 3-1 by the Netherlands in the Nations League semi-finals.
Despite taking the lead through a Marcus Rashford penalty, a header from the in-demand Matthijs de Ligt levelled for the Dutch who would win 3-1 in extra-time following calamitous errors from John Stones and Ross Barkley.
Man City defender Stones was caught in possession by Memphis Depay in the build-up to Kyle Walker’s own goal, whilst Barkley’s under-hit back pass allowed Quincey Promes to seal the result.
Carragher defended England’s playing out from the back style, instead, blaming ‘stupid’ individual errors for Gareth Southgate’s sides capitulation.
“I don’t think we’re taking huge risks at the back,” said Carragher on Sky Sports.
“England never took risks tonight. The goals didn’t come from risks and it never came from playing out from the back, it came from stupid decisions.
“John Stones is facing his goalkeeper and he is passing it – he doesn’t have to go long. It’s stupid. That’s got nothing to do with going long. He’s made a stupid mistake and a stupid decision to turn on it and try and be clever.”