Former England coach Sven Goran Eriksson felt they were too negative in defeat to Italy.

He believed England enjoyed more success in relation to retaining possession under his tenure but was optimistic new manager Roy Hodgson will address the matter with some urgency.

"I am sure Roy - I wouldn't say he is worried about it - but he is thinking about it. England have to improve there, absolutely," he said.

"Considering the time he had to prepare, absolutely (he did well), and Roy will hopefully sort it out in the future because I think that has to be better if they want to win a big tournament.

"I think they have a good team and I think it was a big surprise how they played against Italy, a big negative surprise.

"Roy is a good manager, he will fix it."