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.
âThe fear factor has been part of the problem,â King told the Sunday Mirror. âAs players we are always looking at whatâs going to be said after the game.
âAs soon as an England game is over we would come off the pitch and youâre wondering whatâs been said in the TV studio about the performance. The players should be strong enough to deal with that, but if youâre going to have enough players who are worried about that, itâs going to affect the team.
âAs an England player â or manager â you can very rarely win, unless youâre 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.
âIâve been in the camp and itâs a worry. They are trying to take care of their own performance rather than it being a team thing.â
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