Gary Lineker slams England's "predictable" tactics

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Former England striker Gary Lineker has blasted England tactics in last nights friendly against Republic of Ireland by describing it as "a step back to the dark ages."

Roy Hodgson's England drew 1-1 at Webley against Giovanni Trapattoni's Republic of Ireland and produced a lacklustre performance.

Lineker, who won 80 international caps for his country, fears that last night was a major step back for England.

"Even though results haven't been great, I felt tactically England were maturing, but this is a step back to the dark ages of two lines of four." He wrote on his Twitter.

"Don't like England playing this system. So easy to play against. Predictable and dated.

"It's not about playing in straight lines, it's about playing between the lines. Depth gives flexibility, passing alternatives, creativity."

Hodgson played a rigid 4-4-2 as opposed to the more flexible system he's been using since England's exit at Euro 2012.

Hodgson's side now meet Brazil in another friendly on Sunday and Lineker fears for England.

"Brazil will thrash us if we line up the same way," he added.

Lineker wasn't alone in his criticism of England's performance being joined by former Tottenham manager David Pleat.

Pleat told BBC Radio 5 live that it was a "stiff performance."

He added: "It lacked movement and variation. The media will have their say but the only thing that counts is what Roy Hodgson concludes from the game."

Despite the criticism, Hodgson was satisfied with his sides display and believes he can take some positives from the game.

"I can't be too disappointed with the way we tried to win the game." He told BBC Sport.

"We were probing, trying all sorts of ways of getting around them. In terms of what we're asking the players to do, there were a lot of positives."


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