DANNY ROSE slammed England as “embarrassing” and revealed the team’s half-time bust-up.
The Three Lions delivered a dire first half performance before Marcus Rashford grabbed a winner – and the match could have done with a moment of genius from former star Paul Gascoigne who was watching from the stands.
Left-back Rose said: “We were outplayed. It was a bit embarrassing. We could have been two or three down. It’s great we can all shout at each other and tell each other it’s not good enough.
“The second half wasn’t amazing but it was better than the first and we’re over the moon we got the win.”
Defender Harry Maguire added: « There were a few words spoken between the boys at half time. The gaffer has had a stern word with us.
« We struggled early on in the game but we want to be confident in playing from the back and we did it better in the second half. We do not want to give chances and goals away.”
And boss Gareth Southgate admitted he walked into the Leicester dressing room after the players half-time row.
He said: “I wasn’t in there at that moment. We always give them the first three or four minutes to themselves. They were frustrated the first half. I always knew that was a risk.
“We always encourage them to have a voice. It’s important they feel close enough that they can get on to each other. Then we have to make sure that doesn’t boil over. But it was quite calm by the time we got in there.
« That’s a good sign there’s some leadership in the group. They recognise when they want to be better.
« Today they were harsh on themselves. To expect each other to be as sharp as they might be on their first starts is a bit unrealistic.”
Southgate also revealed his delight that he saw Gazza.
The England boss added: “He did offer to play. There were a lot of hugs before and after the game. It was lovely to see him. It’s been quite a while. His passion for the game and for England is always huge.
“He’s desperate for the young lads to go and do well and enjoy their football. It was great to see him. In terms of our players, they’re aware of him, but Rashford was born in 97, Trent in 98. That makes us all feel old, I guess.”
Southgate was also pleased Rashford scored for the second game in a row – although has only netted five times in total.
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Southgate added: “We were very keen that he had the opportunity, that we were determined to give him some match minutes. He’s a big part of our future. We think he’s a fantastic talent with a great mentality.
« We’ve really talked to him a lot about being in the penalty box more, higher up the pitch. Both of his goals have come in those areas.
“We know he can score spectacular goals from long-range, but you’ll be limited in numbers if that’s where your goals are coming from.
“His work for the team was fantastic. He’ll feel very confident going into his games coming up. He misses the next few, which is why he started again.
« It is a real breakthrough for him.”
Southgate was also happy to avoid another loss. He said: “It’s important as a group to get a win against a top ten team. That’s a pleasing fact. We know the performance could have been better.”