Former Tottenham captain Ledley King says England's players struggle with the pressure of expectation.
King admits players do listen to the criticism of pundits.
â€śThe fear factor has been part of the problem,â€ť King told the Sunday Mirror. â€śAs players we are always looking at whatâ€™s going to be said after the game.
â€śAs soon as an England game is over we would come off the pitch and youâ€™re wondering whatâ€™s been said in the TV studio about the performance. The players should be strong enough to deal with that, but if youâ€™re going to have enough players who are worried about that, itâ€™s going to affect the team.
â€śAs an England player â€“ or manager â€“ you can very rarely win, unless youâ€™re playing against the top nations of the world and you beat them. There is a lot of pressure. There is the fear. They are worried about the backlash.
â€śIâ€™ve been in the camp and itâ€™s a worry. They are trying to take care of their own performance rather than it being a team thing.â€ť
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