West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has warned England against reading too much into their dominance over weak sides and slammed the Three Lions’ quality in the final third as they drew 0-0 against Slovakia.
In the ITV studio as a pundit, the West Ham boss was animated in his criticism of England’s performance in their Group B finale, but did admit it is tough when an opponent makes no attempt to play football.
The Croatian, who led his country to quarter-final of Euro 2008, thinks England will have more opportunities against teams with greater attacking intentions. Bilic explained that England’s forwards need space that a negative Slovakia unit did not afford them.
“I’m positive because the next game the better the opponent is it’s going to be a more two-sided game,” said the ITV pundit.
“Let’s not praise for possession because [England] played against a team that didn’t want to play. Of course you’re going to have more possession.
“But the quality of English reaction and action in the last third of the pitch was quite poor.
“It shows like many good teams, like Germany, England are also struggling when there opponent is defending with numbers and they are hard to beat.
“For England it is going to be better. I would be optimistic, not because of this game but in general.”